Chatroulette for aged
They can be any age, any sex and hail from Manchester to Moscow - although the site's lingua franca is English.
Sarita Yardi, a Ph D candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is studying the role of technology in teenagers' lives.
Online Players, Internet Predators, Cyberpaths, Dating Site Frauds, Cyberstalkers... And the button which allows you to report unseemly behaviour is all very well, but the perpetrator's punishment is a tame warning and 40 minutes suspension from the site. During my time on Chatroulette, the users I encountered were men and women from Germany, Holland, Turkey, Spain, America and Britain. If you don't like the look of the person you have been connected to, you click a button marked 'Next' and somebody else instantly pops up at random.
It's entirely free and once you've clicked a button to allow the site to access your webcam, your face appears in one of two boxes.
It doesn't require you to log in or register (despite the fact that the site states it is for over-16s only) and all you need is a computer with a webcam.
After my daughter first told me about it a few weeks ago, I decided to investigate the site for myself - and, even for a technophobe like me, the ease with which I was able to access it was terrifying.