With live streaming becoming more and more popular, it’s important that parents understand what this means for their child. We’ve put together a guide to help answer your questions about safety while live streaming – from the importance of parental consent, privacy settings, and how to talk with your kids about inappropriate content.
What is live streaming?
Live streaming is the act of broadcasting real-time video over a computer, phone or other device. You may have seen live streams on your Facebook feed from events like concerts and sports games.
What is Twitch?
A popular social media platform for gamers to watch others play games in real time while chatting about that game with their friends and strangers around the world.
The site also has an online store where viewers can buy digital items related to specific streamers they enjoy watching. Read more for more information about what’s happening on Twitch.
How popular is live streaming and vlogging among young people?
For the younger genertion, it’s all about live streaming.
For the under 18s in America who actively use social media, 92% have an active presence on YouTube and 79% of them are livestreaming their lives to friends or strangers on any given day according to a recent survey by Ashoka.
It may not be as popular here in Europe yet but that doesn’t mean we’re immune from this new trend among young people with Instagram Stories now permitting users to broadcast at no cost – something which Facebook seems likely to emulate sooner than later.
Why do children live stream or vlog?
Due to its popularity, there are many reasons why children start live streaming.
The most common reason that people ask is ‘to make money’. There’s a lot of truth to this, especially for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and the time or motivation to put into it.
However, there are also other benefits such as having friends from all over the world due to its international ease. The interviewees quoted in Ashoka’s report were not only broadcasting their lives but also carrying out conversations on subjects ranging from makeup tips through to discussions about mental health issues such as depression and anxiety which can be crucial for some young people who may otherwise feel alone in dealing with these issues.
Can I see who my child follows?
Yes! To see who your child follows on Twitch, click the “Followers” tab at the top of their channel page.
There are many ways you can keep up with what they’re doing and stay involved in their lives even if you live somewhere else. Streams are recorded so that viewers can watch them later, and there’s no shortage of tutorials to help parents understand how it all works!
What should I do about inappropriate content?
If a stream contains any type of inappropriate or illegal content, please report it immediately by clicking ‘Report’ next to its video title as soon as possible for review. The sooner we’re notified about an issue, the quicker we’ll be able to take action against offending channels. If someone is
What are the benefits of live streaming?
We briefly mentioned some of the benefits in our first section, but here are a few more that we know you’ll love!
- The opportunity to bond with your kids
- An easy way for grandparents and other family members who live far away to stay up on what’s going on in their lives
- A chance for your child to connect with others in an online community. If they’re into gaming or anything else, it could be a place where they can make friends without having to leave the house.
What risks does live streaming pose?
Live streaming can be fun and rewarding, but there are some risks as well.
The most obvious risk is the fact that someone could try to take advantage of your child online by sending or posting inappropriate messages, images, etc. This person may also attempt to contact them outside of live stream through other social media channels or email in order to meet up with them in person.
One thing you should know about cyberbullying: it doesn’t just happen on school playgrounds anymore! Children who use live streams for gaming purposes have a higher chance of being bullied than those who don’t because they’re more open and available 24/hours per day (and yes, even at night).
How to keep kids safe while creating online content?
While kids nowadays are connected with their friends through social media or messaging, it’s important to remind them about their safety and privacy. To prevent any type of harassment on live streams, you should be online with your child at all times when they are streaming so that you can monitor their activity as well as close the chat window if necessary.
If you want to filter out inappropriate words from chats while kids stream themselves playing a game (which is often what they do) then there are many apps available for this purpose – some even have parental control settings!
Some things parents may want to consider:
- Set up time limits for usage per day; don’t allow children to use devices late at night because sleep deprivation leads to poor decision making skills
- Discuss appropriate content.
- Stay engaged with what they do online.
- Use tools to help them manage what they see and share.
- Make them aware of reporting functions available to flag people or content.
- Encourage them to ‘Go live’ or record in public places to limit the personal information they share.
- Make sure they know how to handle ‘creepy’ comments, messages and people.
- Remember that this is their experience to share.
What do my kids need to get started with steaming?
It really comes down to two things: a video camera and computer (or phone).