Chat applications and websites have been around since the beginning of the world wide web, the need will never cease for parents and educators to discuss the possible risks of online chatting especially with chatting with strangers.
London, UK (PRWEB) April 16, 2014
Parents are often quick to remind their children to not start to chat with strangers they meet while out in public or walking down the street, but what about the Internet? Thanks to advances in technology, children are now faced with the opportunity to start a chat with strangers and it is a problem many parents need to address. NoBullying releases today the complete parents guide to the Omegle Chat with Strangers phenomenon.
As an example, The Omegle chat website offers a platform for users for starting a chat with strangers from all over the world on a variety of topics. While it sounds exciting, this, much anything else online, can pose a certain element of threat, especially to teens and children, if not used in a sensible and safe way.
Imagine that a simple click of the mouse takes users to a virtual chat room where they are paired up with another random user waiting to chat. In addition to text chat, Omegle offers two other chat options – video chat and stealth topic based chat (spy mode). Video chat provides users with the opportunity to engage in video and text chat. A cam is required for this type of chat.
There is little protection provided during text chats on Omegle. Users are encouraged, when in a chat with strangers, with a written warning to not disclose personal information. Children and teenagers could freely disclose whatever information they wish to individuals, ignoring the on-site warnings. Information ranging from email addresses, cellphone numbers, and addresses can be provided could be shared with any stranger for example. Sharing this information on any website or application could pose a risk to not only the child’s privacy and internet safety, but to their personal safety.
This set up is similar to many other applications that allow chat – and is possibly part of the excitement and fun. These sites and applications can be safe as long as the user is aware of what they are doing, what they should and should not share and what to do if anything goes wrong.
Macartan Mulligan, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said, “Chat applications and websites have been around since the beginning of the world wide web, the need will never cease for parents and educators to discuss the possible risks of online chatting especially with chatting with strangers. These applications can be a lot of harmless fun to many people, but every parent has to take responsible action and educate their own children to be safe online.”
He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Mulligan, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.
NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and Bullying Quotes.
The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.
He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized counselors to deal with this topic.