What is it?
Chatroulette ('chat roulette') is a website that pairs random internet users from anywhere in the world together for webcam-based video conversations.
How does it work?
Chatroulette makes use of a webcam and microphone to create a personal videoconference session. People are paired up randomly but are able to easily leave a conversation by hitting 'next' and move on to another. When this happened to a user it is referred to as being 'nexted'.
Why is Chatroulette useful?
The random nature of Chatroulette makes it easy to meet and chat to complete strangers, often in a foreign country, while maintaining anonymity.
What do you need to keep in mind if your children are using Chatroulette?
There is no vetting of content on Chatroulette and the propensity for users to engage in lewd behaviour or show pornographic content is high. The website prohibits pornographic content and encourages users to be at least 16, and users that are complained about three times within five minutes are blocked for a short period. But the high likelihood of witnessing pornographic content as well as the dangers of allowing children to talk to strangers online means it is inadvisable to let them use the service.
Want to know more?
Visit the Chatroulette website.