The website also claims obscene material will not be tolerated but countless users have reported being exposed to shots of men performing obscene acts in front of the screen.

You then have the choice of either chatting to them or disconnecting and being matched with another user from around the globe.

Hal Niedzviecki, author of 'The Peep Diaries', said: 'Chatroulette is stark because it feels like television.

It's like sitting in front of the TV flipping channels, except the people are real.'Parents will likely be horrified by the idea their children can connect face to face with strangers in their bedrooms.

Despite a disclaimer on the front page that states you have to be 16 years of age to enter, there is no way of enforcing this.

First came Facebook, which connects you with close friends and school mates you don't really talk to anymore.

Then came Twitter where you could 'follow' and be followed by complete strangers.

So it was perhaps inevitable that the ever evolving internet would push the social boundaries one step further, resulting in Chat Roulette.

Chat Roulette is a service that puts you face to face with a random stranger via your webcam.

Recently there have been cases of Jo Public finding themselves face to face with celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Kelly Osbourne.