Website Alert: Chatroulette
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Feb 16
A new website, chatroulette.com, is gaining attention and popularity as media outlets have begun to cover the story about it. The site allows anyone with an internet connection and a web camera to video conference with total strangers. A participant can stay with the other participant that shows up on the screen -- or they can hang up and move on to another person (or vice versa.)
The buzz is that there is a lot of inappropriate sexual behavior on the site, and that parents should keep their kids away from it.
It's important to note that there are no restrictions on the site -- anyone can access it regardless of age -- and participants are anonymous (if they don't share any personal information.)
ABC News had a 3-minute video report on Good Morning America this past Saturday (2/13). It's worth viewing.
New York Times has reported that the founder of the site has been
identified as Andrey Ternovski, a 17-year-old high school student from