Just when you thought you had heard of all the ways complete strangers could interact with your child or your son or daughter could become a victim of cyber sexting, here’s the latest – chatroulette.
Invented by a teenager (why does this not surprise me?) chatroulette is a site that anyone with a webcam can sign up for. Once you do, simply by pressing a button you will be linked through the webcam with a random stranger from anywhere around the world. If you don’t like the person you get hooked up with, just press the “next” button and you’ll be connected to someone else. Yes, your teen will be video chatting with anyone in the world. This has become wildly popular because rumor has it that a bunch of celebrities are on it. But seriously, what do you think the odds are that your daughter will connect with John Mayer? Yes, about as likely as getting attacked by a shark in the desert. More likely, she’ll be connected with some slimy guy who’s desperate to hook up with some pretty young thing.
As The Safety Mom – www.safetymom.com, one of the things I’m committed to is getting parents smarter – or at least as smart – as their teens. Yes moms, you need to know the latest on what your teens are doing so you can head them off at the pass. So, consider yourself now in the know about chatroulette – you can check it out at www.
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises, www.safetymom.com and Safety Mom Solutions, www.safetymomsolutions.com the premier babyproofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.