>Cameras and Creeps = Chatroulette

>Roulette [noun]: A game depending on luck.

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, another trend in the works for every being who owns a computer, has internet and owns a webcam. This latest trend is called “Chatroulette”, and it is quickly becoming a cure for boredum, a distractor for college students and, most of all, an open door for any predator (you know, those child molesters and stalkers). Now how many of the above-mentioned actions are a good thing? I thought so. Here are the notes and rules for this incredibly distasteful trend:

• Mirror: chatrt.com
• This application uses peer-to-peer connection. Please configure your firewall accordingly.
• If you don’t want to see the “allow/deny webcam” window every time you are connected.
1. Right-click on the camera panel and select “Settings”.
2. In the second tab, check “Remember” to remember your choice.
• 16+
• Please stay clothed
• Please click “Report” (or press F2) to report your partner for breaking rules

Sixteen. That is the age “limit” to this web forum involving cameras and creeps. Then I begin to think of how how stupid was I at sixteen. My brain so underdeveloped and my knowledge so weak. I literally receive chills running up and down my spine when I read over this. As a youth leader, I would be more than angry to find a youth participating in this. I suppose it is because I expect that they would be smarter than to devote their time to a “game” that is not so much a game. Granted, I have never given my time to this Chatroulette – mainly because I have better things to do with my time – but the thought of it brings images of horror stories and the sound of Nancy Grace’s voice, screaming and carrying on in such a passion of how another teen has gone missing.

I know the discussion with my friends about this particular “game” brought many different views, mainly those that were not in agreement with mine – “It is no different than Facebook” and “What were you doing at that age?”. Which is fine; we are all entitled to our own opinions. Perhaps it is just the environment I grew up in, with my mother not even in agreement with my Xanga account and my Myspace being deleted thirteen times. Thanks, mom.

What ever the opinion is, I would love to hear it. What do you think about this fad “Chatroulette”?

Also, thank you to my new followers: Danielle and Rabena – whom I both know. Thank you, lovely ladies.

5 thoughts on “>Cameras and Creeps = Chatroulette”

  1. >I'm so sick of everyone making jokes about chat roulette and even just constantly bringing it up in covnersation is disgusting to me. The one time I go on it to witness for myself exactly what is going on, I saw a man engaging in a disgusting activity with a studded animal. What sucks is that chatroulette isn't going to go away. Do I even see anyone trying to shut it down?!

  2. >Chatroulette is an adult content website. By "playing" you are taking your chances with what you get, hence the roulette part. While the rules say no one under 16 and stay clothed these are both going to be broken. It's that simple. The internet has everything, and I mean everything so simpley being on it as a 16 year old exposes one to numerous harmful things. You can get onto pornographic sites just by saying you are over 18 they have no way of checking. In the end it's up to the parents to either have a talk with their kids and trust them or not let them use the internet at all. The only way the site will go down is when people stop using it and I don't see that happening, I also don't see it growing in popularity like Facebook. If you have a problem with it then don't use it. You should know what you are getting into and accept that before going on. I really don't care about the site I have been on it and it wasn't anything I didn't expect nor was it particularly fun but I suppose it could be a fun way to waste time with some friends. Then again maybe I'm just a corrupted unwholesome person who doesn't get bothered by these things. These things will be on the web and there's no way to stop it, you can't control people just because you don't like what they do, they will always find a way to act out.

  3. >Natalia: I am in total agreeance!Petey Pablo: Thank you for your opinion!! I think it's exciting to hear from you. I agree that I can do nothing in my own power to hinder the desire to log onto "Chatroulette". You're not corrupted by any means, and you know this. I think your opinion is equal to mine and is very well thoughout. I guess we shall see how this pans out in the long run. I just hope it is not the death of Nancy Grace. I'm sure she's not happy.

  4. >Your post made me curious so I went to the site to see what it's about. Gross…first of all I was in my workout clothes, with sweaty hair and a headband, so I shut it down pretty fast! The concept seems a little too freaky for my tastes. I think I'll stick to Twitter and my blog!

  5. >I really want to check out Chatroulette, mostly because of the whole Improv Piano thing, but I don't want to do it alone because I feel like it'd be less fun alone. Unfortunately, all my friends are too chicken and lame. You see a penis, you hit the next button. Very simple.

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