Parents' Guide to

Twitch

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Popular gaming site hosts many videos, some iffy content.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 18+

was good but is very bad now

it was good once. now it's just collection of boobie streamer, toxicity, scammer and very rare 1 or 2 good streamer. viewers just try to scam, snipe, abuse reports, insult and so on... since there literally is no support at all you, as a community member, are exposed to all of that without any protection at all.
age 18+

Twitch is softcore porn advertised as gaming. Pathetic website

Do not let your kids on this website, it is a joke. Twitch is softcore porn advertised as gaming. Yes there is gaming but one of the largest viewing and recommended section on twitch is now porn. The moderating on the website is absolutely pathetic and the people responsible are greedy losers who imo should be ashamed of themselves for displaying porn to 10 year old kids based on false advertisement. Pathetic website from a pathetic company. Did I say this company is pathetic?

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (36 ):

The gaming-related content is the high point of this streaming-friendly site, which has varied content, but it can hard to tell whether a broadcast is safe for kids or is for adults only. Gaming fans on Twitch will find detailed, fast-paced discussions and be able to view game-playing experiences. Fewer channels seem to touch on other subjects, such as drawing and programming; on some, conversations feel like they move much slower than the gaming talk, with less dynamic visuals. But with channels and conversations in a number of languages, content scheduled to stream at different times around the clock, and videos playing automatically, it doesn't take much poking around to find something else to watch.

In addition to viewing cooking demonstrations and other content, kids can, without much effort, find other people to geek out about their favorite game with. But the community aspect is also the site's biggest concern. Dropping in on someone's uncensored conversation can expose kids to swearing and sexual references; they may also come across vloggers with ample cleavage and others who hit viewers up for financial contributions. Some mention drinking and other vices, and it's not uncommon for site users to praise the violence that's shown in games. Twitch has included some features to help protect users' privacy, such as the ability to be invisible when observing a chat conversation, but with the amount of streams available to watch and profile settings and functions to review, the privacy protections can be easy to overlook. Kids might not realize, for example, that their activity could be shared with other users unless they unclick that option. Also, selecting appropriate privacy and content settings will mean a lot of time spent digging through the site's detailed help area to tailor the experience to your needs. Twitch can be an entertaining online experience, as long as you're aware that some of that fun could also come with a hefty dose of content for mature viewers.

Website Details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Last updated: September 13, 2021

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