BIGO LIVE - Live Stream

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Livestreamer rewards narcissism, has adult content.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Mostly intuitive interface makes vlogging and live-streaming easy.

Violence

User-created content may contain violence, though none was seen during review.

Sex

Lots of provocatively dressed young girls.

Language

User-generated content often contains swearing.

Consumerism

In-app purchases to unlock all features.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

User-generated content can contain verbal or visual references to drugs and alcohol, though none seen at time of review.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know BIGO LIVE - Live Stream is a free app that lets users make video blogs or livestream their activities with the object of monetizing their videos. Livestreamers receive live commentary from other users, and the app lets you search for nearby users. Vloggers can share their posts via Facebook, Twitter and Vkontakt, a social media platform aimed at Easter European users. Though the base app is free, users pay up to $89.99 to “recharge” in-app currency. Profiles include users' names, gender, age, and location. User-generated content can include bad language, violence, and nudity. Though it's rated "Teen" on the Google Play store, iTunes rates it 17+. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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What's it about?

BIGO LIVE- LIVE STREAM  offers tools to let you livestream at the tap of a button or create and post online video blogs. After signing up through an existing account like Facebook or Google, you can browse popular, new, or nearby content. While watching a livestream, you can join a live chat, share the stream via social media, or send “gifts” to the streamer in the form of Beans. Beans indicate a streamer's popularity and can be traded in for real-world cash. The app has some similarity with mobile games, assigning levels and ranks to users and letting them gain XP (experience) by signing in every day, watching other streamers and sending them gifts. In-app purchases let users buy Beans and other features.

Is it any good?

This is another of those social media apps that can be used to create and share entertaining content, but is just as often used to promote violent or sexually suggestive themes. Primarily used by gamers and aspiring performing artists, the 17+ rated app is flooded with teens and children. Its childlike app store logo and game-like presentation appears designed to attract younger audiences and plays to their desires for fame and popularity. A big chunk of  BIGO LIVE - Live Stream's user-generated videos are of scantily clad teenage girls, with commentary ranging from inappropriate to abusive. An internet search for BIGO LIVE yields countless videos of suggestive imagery of young women and/or graphic nudity. Because there's no age verification, and it asks users to reveal key personal information like age, gender, and location, it's not safe for younger teens. And while its recording and editing tools aren't bad, it promotes the worst in online narcissism, rewarding users who collect fans and achieve high ranking with real-world cash. All told, this is one “free” app that could cost your kids a lot more than money.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about creating online content with apps like BIGO LIVE - Live Stream. What shouldn't you share online? What should you do if you receive abusive or otherwise inappropriate comments?

  • Talk about the risks and benefits of livestreaming. Why is it fun? What are some of the potential problems?

  • Discuss using apps like this one and staying safe. If you choose to interact with strangers online, what is the safest way to do it? Should we share our location? What are the signs that we should stop communicating with someone?

App details

For kids who love social networking and teen apps

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