Website Alert: Chatroulette

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Website Alert: Chatroulette

A new website,, is gaining attention and popularity as media outlets have begun to cover the story about it. The site allows anyone with an internet connection and a web camera to video conference with total strangers. A participant can stay with the other participant that shows up on the screen -- or they can hang up and move on to another person (or vice versa.)

The buzz is that there is a lot of inappropriate sexual behavior on the site, and that parents should keep their kids away from it.

It's important to note that there are no restrictions on the site -- anyone can access it regardless of age -- and participants are anonymous (if they don't share any personal information.)

ABC News had a 3-minute video report on Good Morning America this past Saturday (2/13). It's worth viewing.

The New York Times has reported that the founder of the site has been identified as Andrey Ternovski, a 17-year-old high school student from Moscow.