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Parents/Carers News

18 February 2021

Ten years ago we were warning parents about webcams and Chatroulette and nothing has changed.

 

"It's a trend now on TikTok that everyone's doing Omegle, so me and my friends thought we'd go back to it," says 15-year-old Keira from the US on video chat on the site.

"Men being gross is something me and my friends see a lot. It should be better monitored. It's like the dark web but for everyone."'

 

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04 February 2021

The trend started as a form of empowerment, a way for people to feel sexy and good in their bodies. But because everything is terrible, some people have found a way to turn a feel-good trend into depraved gratification.

There are now many videos on YouTube instructing people how to use editing software or apps to change the contrast and color in a way that reduces the silhouette effect. Because participants are just a silhouette in the challenge, many are wearing less clothing, or lingerie, or nothing at all. The goal of the editing is to reveal their bodies.

 

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