Adult webcams broadcasting online
It’s the number one video chat site online, boasting 9 million registered users, and it was named “The Top Video Destination for Teens” by Nielsen.
Stickam allows people to set up a webcam and broadcast a live show, which anyone may watch and listen.
They see each other through their webcams, and, if interested, they strike up a chat.
If not, participants click a button and roll the dice with someone else.
The deviant behavior became such a problem, it prompted the creator of the site, Andrey Ternovskiy, to issue a letter in which he threatened to report cases of indecent exposure to minors to police. Sessions can be recorded, pictures can be taken, all by strangers, without consent.
If Chatroulette is the seedy underbelly of video chat, Stickam plays to personalities and teens seeking instant attention.
Unfortunately, the site has become infamous for nudity and people exposing themselves online to random strangers.
New York-based filmmaker Casey Neistat once described the site as “71% boys, 15% girls, and 14% perverts.” An investigation by the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Texas Attorney General revealed nearly half of the randomly selected chat participants immediately exposed themselves and conducted sexually explicit acts on camera.
For most users, the goal is to get as many viewers as possible.
In this second scenario, the person broadcasting can’t see the spectators watching.
Both friends and strangers can view the online show and can choose to comment or watch silently.
There are dozens of video chat sites, some with unique twists, and precautions should be taken for all.
Deserving of special precaution, Chatroulette is a one-on-one chat site that automatically connects users with random strangers. Like spinning a roulette wheel, participants move from one stranger to the next.