Warning: this story contains disturbing adult themes. A BBC investigation into the increasingly popular live video chat website Omegle has found what appear to be prepubescent boys explicitly touching themselves in front of strangers. Omegle links up random people for virtual video and text chats, and claims to be moderated - but has a reputation for unpredictable and shocking content. Global child protection groups are increasingly concerned about predators using the site to gather self-generated child sexual abuse material. According to new research collected by data analyst Semrush, Omegle grew globally from about 34 million visits a month in January to 65 million in January
Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site
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Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure, such as the penis, scrotum, clitoris, vulva, breasts and anus. Masturbation can involve a person exploring their own body, but can also happen between two people mutual masturbation. If masturbation is occurring between people mutual masturbation , consent needs to be given and obtained. Masturbation is a common behaviour that is seen at all ages from childhood, through the teen years and throughout adulthood by people of any gender.
The website is called Omegle. It allows anyone to anonymously communicate as strangers either via text or video web cams. We are calling the woman who found her daughter logged on to the website 'Mary' to protect her identity. Mary said her daughter found out about the site from a friend who came over to the house a couple of nights earlier. Mary, who has a background in law enforcement, decided to do her own investigation.
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