The shortcut Ctrl-H will open the browser history in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. Keep in mind that savvy kids may know how to delete their browsing history. I was curious to know if the parental control software I use on our family laptop would allow my daughter to visit the Omegle site.
We use Microsoft Live Family Safety and her account is filtered to only allow “General internet” websites, and no social media.
Omegle is not okay for kids – unless you are okay with your kids chatting with complete strangers. Omegle has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009.
When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger”.
Using video chat requires that your computer’s IP address is made available to the stranger’s computer: “Omegle video chat requires a direct connection to be made between your computer and the other user’s computer…”This is the warning received when initiating an unmonitored video chat:5.
I tried it a few times by clicking on the link to start chatting with a stranger.
I did this right away to prevent Omegle from being available to my daughter.
Other services you can try for blocking specific websites include parental control filtering such as and or browser add-ons such as Block Site for Firefox and Chrome.
I logged in to her account (I have the password, of course) and WAS able to get to the Omegle website. However, Live Family Safety gives me the ability to add any website to a block list.
I can log into my admin account and specify any websites that should not be allowed.