Psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans describes one of several patients she sees who has long-term mental health concerns after visiting video chat websites.The patient’s name has been changed to protect her identity.Tinder literally refers to a flammable material; a dry substance ready to burn.
On both Streamberry and Chat Random.com, an average of 80 per cent of videos are indecent, which included live porn, links to porn sites, sexualised language and attempts to make users engage in sex acts.
One of the UK’s leading child psychotherapists, Julie Lynn Evans, said these websites are more popular than ever, even among children as young as 12.
She added: ‘In my opinion, these sites have overtaken online porn as a bigger risk to this age group [13 to 15 year olds].’Omegle, which was set up five years ago in the US, did not comment.
Allen Fox, co-founder of Chatrandom, said: ‘We have moderators 24/7 that tirelessly work to shut down and ban anyone who looks or describes themselves as being underage.
Tinder, the addictive online matchmaking tool, is plagued by fake accounts luring unsuspecting users into pricey phishing schemes.
And they ruse is easy to fall for, because it plays into our desire for easy flirtation.
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To enter, users simply have to tick a box saying they are over 18 and they are instantly connected to a random stranger from anywhere in the world.
They can change conversation if they wish to chat to a different stranger.
Some have applications that allow users to chat exclusively to ‘girls’ or to match them to people with similar interests.
Chillingly, in the 200 videos surveyed on this site, an average of one in five users appeared to be under the age of 18.