If you’re a concerned parent, not familiar with Chatroulette, it’s best you research into the website and place a block on it before your child gains access to it. Reason being? It’s absolutely not censored in any manner. CCRA has placed several of it’s decoy members on the website from time to time, particularly last year and this year and the ending results weren’t pleasant. The details are chilling.
While it is true that Chatroulette has a disclaimer, stating if you are under the age of eighteen, you are not eligible to use their service, this does not stop those ineligible from having the ability to literally click on their large “Start (F2)” button.
During the course of our investigation, we found many disturbing broadcasts, ranging from racism to pornography and many other adult activities, not intended for those under eighteen. The night our decoys started their operation, the first five broadcasts with users were males using their cameras in ways that are absolutely inappropriate. We think you know what we’re talking about.
What makes matters worse is the fact that our decoys spotted two girls, approximately around the age of thirteen, broadcasting right after ending the broadcasts with those five male users. This means that if our decoys were able to see those five users conducting wrongful behavior, those two young girls were just able to see it as well. How would you feel if your thirteen year old saw the sexual parts of a male on camera? We’d be livid, in fact, we are!
So why does Chatroulette allow this type of activity without censorship? Probably because of the fact that by law, they are only required to post their age disclaimer. Does this mean they are right and without blame? Not necessarily. With many children violating the disclaimer each and every day, you’d think they’d want to strengthen their prevention for underage use. Safety you would assume would be their number one goal. This is obviously not the case. We urge all parents to use safety programs, such as Netnanny, to be able to block these types of websites. At the end of the day, what your child sees and hears is what will be left in the back of their mind, for the rest of their lives. Don’t let careless adults and social websites, such as Chatroulette be to blame. Enact your rights as a parent.