The second TV segment I appeared on, which aired last Friday, covered the topic of “Sextortion”. Sextortion is a situation where a predator gains access to private information or images of someone, and uses it to blackmail the victim for even more compromising photos or videos. The predator may use trickery – one pretended he was Justin Bieber in an effort to lure young girls. Anyone who uses social media or chat sites should be aware of this possibility. Here’s the story from WCSH. Watch the video and then read on for tips and suggestions for parents.
One of the most visited articles here on my site is about Omegle, an anonymous chat site. I recently had the opportunity to talk about this topic with Sharon Rose Vasnziz of WCSH 6 in Portland, Maine. She found my site during her research for this segment, and came to interview me last month. I’ve had to keep quiet all this time until the segment aired today!
Have you heard of the website Omegle? I hadn’t until a teenager mentioned it in a comment on another article. I’ve also had several requests from concerned parents asking for a review. Omegle is a website that allows you to chat with a random stranger. So right away we have probably answered the question in the title of this post! Omegle is not okay for kids – unless you are okay with your kids chatting with complete strangers. I’m guessing that you’re not.