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This website isn't for the kids

A shocking warning for parents whose kids use the internet. It's called a peer-to-peer webcam site, and these online 'rooms' could be capturing images of your children for pornography.

To protect her identity, we are calling the woman in this story 'Mary'.

Mary says she is a strict parent who monitors her daughter's every move, so she wasn't prepared for what happened when her daughter went behind closed doors and logged onto her computer.

"I walked upstairs and opened her door and I see her standing in her room exposed and I see the body of a male adult," said Mary.

The website is called Omegle. It allows anyone to anonymously communicate as strangers either via text or video web cams.

Mary said her daughter found out about the site from a friend who came over to the house a couple of nights earlier.

"I asked her what had happened when her friend came over and she said that they had exposed their breasts," Mary said. "I asked her why and she said that the person on the other end had made them feel guilty, told them they were lonely and pretty much guilted them into showing their breasts."

Mary, who has a background in law enforcement, decided to do her own investigation. She set up her room to look like a kid's room. She got on the Omegle website, but did not show her face on the webcam. 

Almost immediately, someone started chatting with her. The person on the other end begged Mary to get in front of the webcam.

The person wrote a message which read "I want to see ur sexy body plz."

But it was what she saw on the website's webcams that shocked Mary.

"I have filters on my Internet, parental controls, everything, but the site comes through. It's a pedophile's paradise," says Mary.

Police officer Doug Gallucio agreed. Gallucio heads up the Internet crimes against children task force. He had no idea the Omegle website existed until we told him about it. Gallucio said he was disturbed by the number of men exposing themselves to kids on the webcams.

"I don't know what it is, but they have some kind of gift or talent that can get kids to do things that they want," Gallucio said.

He said it is possible Mary's daughter was videotaped when she exposed herself to someone on the website.

"It's possible it could appear on an adult porn site," he said.

He has advice for parents. "They need to have complete control of where their children are going, where their computers are, keeping their computers in a common room," he said.

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