In a society ruled by dis-attachment and most people hidden behind a computer or phone screen, it is no wonder that a site such as Omegle emerged. On Omegle, people can anonymously chat with others worldwide. You can choose to have conversations with people based on common likes or interests, or you can randomly chat with strangers, or you can become a victim of what is called “Omegle Trolling”.
The goal with Omegle is to meet people and often phone numbers are exchanged for off-line communicating. Omegle upgraded to video chatting using web-cams with some unwelcome results. Often, disturbing sexual images are present which may not be appropriate for those under the age of 18. Although the site offers a moderator, you have the option of participating in un-moderated chatting with others. Your child may accidently access the un-moderated version and be exposed to unwelcome images.
Children ages 13 and over are allowed on the site with their parent’s permission, but unless you are watching everything your child is doing, they may access Omegle and chat with strangers without your consent. Typically this isn’t a problem, but if your child encounters a troll, you may have some emotional or psychological ramifications.
The act of trolling is to aggravate another person. A troll may purposefully argue with you or discuss controversial topics in an attempt to irritate, upset or frustrate you. Trolls are common on message boards to “get a rise” out of a group and may often be working in conjunction with the site’s administrators to keep others posting and involved.
An Omegle troll is most likely someone using a false identity, which includes fake web-cam photos and videos. These trolls are motivated by irritating others or by presenting false information in attempt to lure people into their webs. The Omegle troll may have more than one internet persona. These other fake personalities are an attempt to make it look as if they have many followers- even though they are all one person.
Omegle trolling is a deceitful behavior which can borderline cyberbullying. In many situations, trolling and cyberbullying are interchangeable words for the same behavior. Trolling on Omegle can lead to racial, gender and sexual prejudices, which your children do not need to be exposed to.
When a person is trolling on Omegle, they are hiding behind their computer screen. Where otherwise they may be limited in what they have to say, or do if using a web-cam, the impersonal protection of the computer screen seems to remove a trolls inhibitions. Trolls feel that they can say whatever they want to anyone and not have to deal with any consequences.
The more you engage and interact with a troll, the stronger their behavior becomes. You may repeatedly see the same troll on Omegle, as if they have nothing better to do with their time. Other trolls exist to make people laugh and can modify their voices for humorous responses. Postings of laughter and trolling often get put on YouTube for viewing by hundreds or thousands of other people.
Omegle Troll Gifs
When you participate in Omegle, you have the option of posting a picture, using your web-cam or submitting a gif. The gifs are moving pictures, but not a full video. Omegle trolling gifs may be pictures of celebrities. The trolls are motivated by their pretending to be that person.
The troll is represented by the small moving image of your chosen celebrity. You interact, thinking you are chatting with your favorite celebrity only to find out it is some creepy 18-year-old out to scam you.
An Omegle troll gif can be anything from a celebrity to a dog, to your next door neighbor. Trolls get images from real life and from the internet- none of which truly represent the person with whom you are communicating.
Going a step beyond a gif, A troll may use Omegle trolling videos to attract your attention. These can be videos of a young person, a sexy-dressed person, a muscular man or an athlete performing a significant feat. These videos are taken from many internet sources and none of them are true representations of the ugly troll on the other side of the computer screen.
Omegle Trolling Ideas
Many Omegle trolls are innocent, in a sense. They pretend to be a celebrity, pretend to be anti-Christian or anti-American, or hate chocolate. Most of these will not cause physical or emotional harm to the other anonymous person. You can debate your faith all night long and not budge in your beliefs.
Other trolling pranks may cross the line into bullying, harassment and discrimination. If the troll decides to bash you for the color of your skin, or for your height, or for your sexual preferences, you have a problem. To protect yourself, immediately disconnect and avoid contact with the troll.
Also be aware of looped videos of sexy men or women that are really disturbed 50-year-old men behind the computer screen. They want you to talk sexy to them for their own personal enjoyment. This behavior can escalate into off-line contact in which you think you are communicating with the young, sexy person. However, if you experience stalker-like behavior, you should report the incident with the local law enforcement as the results can progress from irritating to dangerous.
Omegle can be a fun way to pass the time, especially if your children are with a group of friends. Using Omegle in a group is safer than using it alone as your child is not likely to get emotionally attached with an anonymous person when they are with a group.
If your child enjoys using Omegle, remind him of some safety tips such as:
- Never give out personal information such as phone number or address
- Always set an interest to avoid disturbing conversations.
- At the very least, set your age.
- Be ready to hit the “next” button quickly if they see something disturbing.
If you are trolled, you may experience mean behavior, bullying behavior, or annoying behavior. The goal of a troll is to anonymously upset you or annoy you. They often want to put you down with the hopes that they feel better about themselves. Bullies want the superiority and power to feel “on top of the world” and spread their lies and gossip around.
Other Omegle trolling pranks include boys dressing up as girls in an attempt to attract a gay response. Some trolls use scare pranks and say that they know where you live or where you go to school. That statement is scary to a teenager who is using Omegle anonymously.
Trolls may want to “hook up” off line and this is not recommended. Speak with your children about the dangers of giving out their phone number to strangers. It is easy for them to get caught up in the cyber-world too and think that it is reality.
Trolling Omegle may be a fun past time for some, but it can lead to frustrating emotions for others. If you find yourself involved in a trolling scam:
- Avoid the troll altogether
- Do not respond to the troll
- Do not let the troll upset or aggravate you, or if they do, do not show your response
- Contact Omegle’s administrators immediately to draw attention to the troll
- If you see the troll again, contact law enforcement and the Omegle’s administrators
- Never post any personal information on the site
Trolls are fed off your response. If you do not react, quickly click the “next” button, or report abuse of Omegle to the moderators, trolls should disappear. Remember in the children’s stories how trolls live under bridges just waiting for their next prey to innocently walk by? The word remains the same for a reason. Trolls prey on the innocent in an attempt to damage, bully, irritate and destroy others. They don’t care who you are and it is usually isn’t a personal attack.
It doesn’t matter who they attack, just that they are allowed to do it that motivates them. They are cowards who hide behind computer screens thinking that they can say and do what they want. They destroy trust in other people as you begin to think everyone is lying or has something to hide.
If you are the victim of trolling or cyberbullying, consider speaking with a qualified counselor or therapist to help you recover. Often it helps to avoid any internet communication and deal directly in the real world until you regain your self-esteem, trust and confidence.