For teens who don’t know any better, even a seemingly polite adult could be trying to gather personal information about the teen in order to find and abduct them.
For instance, even if a teen is simply on camera while wearing a shirt representing their high school’s football team, this could be enough information for a potential predator to find out where the teen goes to school and how to find him/her.
Finally, if your teen does engage in adult Chatroulette activities, such as getting naked on camera, there is always a chance that the person on the other end is recording the video chat and will have a permanent record of it.
If this were to get posted elsewhere on the Internet, your teen’s reputation could be ruined forever.
This is why it’s also a good idea to get to know the parents of your teen’s friends; this way, you can speak to them about these issues and ensure that you’re on the same page.
Finally, even if your teen has no way of accessing Chatroulette, he or she may still find ways to access a Chatroulette alternative, of which there are many on the Web.
Therefore, even if your teen is simply interested in meeting other people from around the globe and having some innocent, one-on-one conversations with these people, there’s no way of avoiding the possibility that the person your child is matched up with is in it for all the wrong reasons.
In fact, it’s quite common to get paired up with people who are completely nude on camera or who will try to talk others into getting nude and performing sexual acts on camera.
Specifically, extreme social networking websites such as Chatroulette may be exposing your teen to sexual predators.
Even if your teen doesn’t have an i Phone, there are also Chatroulette apps for other platforms, such as Android and even Windows.
Therefore, you may want to speak to your child about the dangers of using Chatroulette and forbid your teen from having the app on his or her phone.
Chatroulette users need to have a webcam in order to communicate back and forth with other users, as the entire networking aspect of the site is video-based.
Users can also fill out their own profiles, but those are mostly for additional information.