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Safeguarding ALERT - Dangerous Chat Rooms

Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

 

Read the Safeguarding Alert about Omegle Chat Room.

 

Anonymous chat rooms are online spaces where people can chat with strangers. People can communicate via instant messaging and video chat, some of these platforms use random matching to pair users. 

 

Young people are likely to use these chat rooms and chat room apps because they seem fun, and the randomisation of people can be exciting. 

 

The risks of chat rooms:

 

  • Young people may be at risk of seeing distressing or highly sexualised imagery without warning
  • They may be asked or pressured to remove clothing or reveal personal information
  • They may be asked to have private conversations on other platforms
  • They may also be sent malicious links or spam