Omegle, Kripos | Primary school warns against the Omegle app

Primary school in Oslo issues a call to students not to use the website and app Omegle.

Omegle is a chat roulette where anyone over the age of 13 can chat with people they do not know, one-on-one via an app or a website. This means that more or less anyone can go in here, as long as you have internet. No registration is required and you are anonymous.

Oslo School Refstad School has sent out a message to parents at the school warning them against the app. The online newspaper has gained access to the message where the school writes:

“Today we talked about an app and website called Omegle. This week we have been told that several students in the class have seen or used this recently. It is an anonymous chat service with a 13-year age limit (if parents agree) where you have free access to users from all over the world and can talk via text, photos and video. This is not a new service, but it is increasing in popularity now. All students in the class know that you will be notified about this today and they have been encouraged to tell you if they have used the service and have seen / read something they do not like, as well as received a strong encouragement not to use the app / website . The police have made a short video about the dangers of using this service. The film is available on YouTube. Hope you have a chat with the kids about how they feel “on the internet” during the day! “

You can watch the YouTube video further down in the case!

A student who notified

Principal at Refstad primary school, Magnus Nesset-Kristiansen, tells Nettavisen that it was a student who notified the school health service about the Omegle use in the class.

– Fortunately, this has been captured and we are very happy that this was discovered, says the principal.

He is also happy that the student has told the health nurse at the school, and that they have been able to take this further with the students and the parents. They have had conversations in the classroom and the parents have been notified of what has happened.

– This shows that the students trust us. This is a sign of health when it comes to online knowledge among students, says Kristiansen.

Omegle is nothing new

In 2017, 27 girls between the ages of 12 and 18 were abused by a man on Omegle. This man pretended to be a policeman.

Read also: 27 girls were abused by a fake policeman

Kripos also went out in 2017 with this warning on YouTube:

In the video, they tell that many Norwegian young people use the service. Previously, it was also possible to meet celebrities on the site. There are several videos of meetings with Justin Bieber on Omegle on YouTube, but they are still clear in their warning:

-You can also be unlucky with who you meet.

They also tell in this video that there has been a case in Hønefoss where a man has made young girls undress, and that they fear there are more cases.

They also come with a number of tips on online washing:

  • Be careful when talking to strangers on the internet and social media
  • Do not disclose personal information about yourself to strangers.
  • Do not share photos or videos with strangers, nor share insta or snap.
  • Contact the police if you think you have been tricked and exploited, do not wait then it may be more difficult for us to find the perpetrator.

The online newspaper has been in contact with the police, but we have not yet received an answer.

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Source: Nettavisen by www.nettavisen.no.

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