This article comes as a response to the ever-increasing abuse of social media and messaging services by predators out to harm others. Harm on the internet includes the following issues:
- Fraud; also known as “scam,” is when you intend to use the internet to present false information with the intent of receiving something in return that would not be given with the correct information.
- Spam; is when you intend to use the internet to send out marketing information without the explicit approval of the receiver.
- Bullying; when you intend to cause psychological harm to another individual.
- Identity Theft; when you intend to steal the intimate and private details of another for personal use.
- Sexual Abuse/Rape; when you intend to coerce another to perform online sexual activities or meet them with the intent to rape them.
- Pedophilia; in relation to Omegle, it is when you engage with a minor (under 18) in a sexual conversation or activity. “A person who is diagnosed with pedophilia must be at least 16 years old, and at least five years older than the prepubescent child, for the attraction to be diagnosed as pedophilia.”
There are a few more, but these are the main ones, and these are all viable over Omegle.
So, to answer a question recently asked, can a person be arrested for using Omegle, the answer is another question; why would a person get arrested for using Omegle if they don’t perform any illegal activity?
Let’s take a look at the activities on Omegle.
Omegle is a “stranger” to a “stranger” chat room with a video option. This means that you could be a 30-year-old male or a 50 year old female talking to an 11-year-old girl or a 20-year-old man. The matrix of randomity is such that you do not know the age of the person you are talking to unless you filter the system to adult content.
Adults (Over 18)
Adult content is legal, you can use adult chat as much as you want, so long as you are both adults, and both of you enjoy the conversation. Just remember, that the moment one of the strangers suggests that the conversation is not what they like, you must adjust the conversation to a more convenient tone. Otherwise, you are bordering onto a gray area, that separates legal from immoral, or unethical, to illegal activity.
Minors (Under 18)
Now, what happens when you are an adult, and the other is a minor, and it doesn’t matter what gender you are, an older man or woman talking to a minor suffers the same consequences when being inappropriate. When talking to a minor, you must never, ever on penalty of being burnt alive at stake let the discussion wander to anything sexual in contortion. If you happen to be discussing the reproductive organs of a frog for biology, that’s fine, but don’t go anywhere else. Even if the individual is 15 years old and is full of youthful hormonal tendencies. If you are an adult and the teenager steer the conversation over to adult’s content, tell them to thank you and goodbye.
Some advice for minors, people under the age of 18 that use Omegle. Always let your parents know about your online conversations, and always call them when an adult converses with you on video. Never talk to an adult alone if you are under 18.
Now let’s look at the misuse or abuse of data.
Remember that you cannot record videos, or take photos of people without their knowledge and permission. Even if you did get their permission, never publish online another person’s photo or texts with identity or streaming video without their consent. If you do so, you are liable for damages, if any arise. Recording media without the other person’s consent is illegal, if the other side finds out, even if you didn’t distribute their information, you are liable, more so if you published the data with the intent to harm.
Never harass, verbally assault or threaten anyone online.
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Also, never confess to a crime that you might have committed in real life to a stranger.
Now let’s look at identity theft and fraud.
First of all just know that there is nothing as a hidden IP address or VPN that cannot be traced to the target. As such, if you are subject to an attack, even if the IP looks dubious, law enforcement with the courts will access the data and get the exact location of the person that “attacked” you online.
Banned from Omegle
Being banned from Omegle is usually because you abused the site in one way or another and someone complained about you. Sometimes the complaint is from a misunderstanding, but mostly its from users seeking sexually explicit inert actions. There are plenty of sex chat rooms on the internet, Omegle is not one of them.
Having stated this, being banned is not illegal unless you performed an illegal activity, which is usually followed by a visit from your local law enforcement agency.
Omegle is designed to be strangers meeting place, although personally, every site including Linkedin and Facebook are a meeting place for strangers. However, this site has marketed itself as a stranger to a stranger meeting place where you only meet strangers for online conversation and enjoy the anonymity of an interesting discussion with someone you would never usually meet.
Its really like trying to start a conversation in a bus, or in a queue with a total stranger, but with the added protection of being distant. Just as you would not condone illegal activity when talking to a stranger in the street, don’t condone it online and don’t be a part of such a situation, never give out, ever, personal information, and that means don’t use your real name, don’t give your age, address, contact info and other details, and never show information from documents via the cam.