When you first enter the site you'll see two large black boxes and a blank area for text chat.
As soon as you click "play," you'll see a stranger's picture in the top box and--at least on my machine--a notice asking if you wish to allow the site to access your video camera.
"The message I share with parents is that it's fine if their elementary or middle school kids use a supervised chat room with three or four of their friends, but I wouldn't allow kids to go into unsupervised chat room to chat with people they don't know." Dess recommends you have a discussion with your child even if you're not aware if he or she has used a site like Chatroulette. " If the child says they have used or know of such a site, it might be a good time to talk about an appropriate code of conduct.
There is nothing new about chat and, actually, nothing new about video chat.
The site has a disclaimer saying it's for users older than 16, but unlike most sites with age restrictions, it doesn't ask users to enter a date of birth.
A Russian wedding is now possible, through the site Privet Vip.
In both cases they were doing the same thing I was--checking out the technology and grateful to have an intelligent discussion with someone equally curious about Chatroulette.
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.