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I saw a couple of young women who also quickly dismissed me as a candidate for a video chat.
On a couple of occasions, I saw people who hung around long enough to start a conversation either through the Webcam microphone or by text chat.
If you click "allow," you'll see your picture in the bottom box. If you don't strike up an immediate conversation with the first person you see, you can press Next to go to the next person--kind of like spinning a roulette wheel.
In my case, mostly what I saw were the heads of young men and as soon as they saw me, they apparently clicked Next because they were gone in a second.
Images you might not want to see Unfortunately, I also saw some things that I didn't find particular appealing, including a few men who were touching themselves while the camera focused on their genitals.
It recommends changing the default password for any new device - which is the login the Russian hackers have exploited - and checking available security settings.
Securing any devices with an internet connection is also advised.
Jeff Dess, an Atlanta-based prevention specialist with Cobb County Schools and author of Turn Up The Music: Prevention Strategies To Help Parents Through The Rap, Rock, Pop And Metal Years, has seen cases of elementary and middle school kids using Chatroulette and similar video chat rooms.
He warns parents that sites like these are inappropriate for children because "you don't know who you're chatting with and there is no supervision." Unlike most social-networking sites, there is no requirement to sign in and there are no profiles. Dess said that a conversation is more effective than a technological solution.