Caffeine: Live Streaming

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Livestreaming with chat, mostly for gamers; mature content.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning. However, users might learn gaming tips while watching others play. 

Ease of Play

Gamers interested in the app should be able to use it fine, but some words within titles of videos can be difficult to understand for parents and others who don't know gamer talk.

Violence

Violence like shooting others is present in video games on channels that stream content. Streaming live violent content or verbalizing threats is not permitted in the community rules.

Sex

No sexy stuff observed, but broadcasting sexually explicit games or broadcasting while naked is permitted in community rules. Some creators may include sexual banter in conversation.

Language

Livestreaming sites with gaming marked as 17+ frequently use constant swearing in conversation along with crude humor. 

Consumerism

Fortnite, Minecraft, Apex Legends, WWE 2K20, NBA 2K20 are common video gaming sites referenced but not specifically advertised. EDGESports TV and Red Bull TV also sponsor additional channels featuring extreme sports. In-app purchases are present.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drinking, drugs, or smoking observed, but it is allowed by creators in 17+ content so it could be discussed in conversation or witnessed with livestreaming creators.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Caffeine: Live Streaming is an entertainment app for mature teens that allows users to watch community members livestreaming themselves doing various activities. Users can chat live and comment with entertainers, gamers, athletes, and other users. It was designed for adults and teens who enjoy watching live activities in general, but at the time of review, it mostly includes streams related to extreme sports and video games. It's also possible to participate in watch parties and view events like rap battles. Chats and broadcasters often include mature content such as swearing, references to drinking or smoking, and lots of plugs for brand names. Video games, music, or other streamed content may also contain violent or sexual themes. Community rules allow for broadcasters to broadcast naked, though no nude broadcasters were observed during this review. The app is free but includes in-app purchases for additional features. Users must be 18 years old or older to sign up; create an account through Apple, Facebook, or Twitter or by providing an email address. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Kid, 11 years old October 21, 2020

Not very bad

It's not bad. There are tons of 17+ or 18+ streams but they have tags that tell you it. People like thatdenverguy make family friendly streams on there. Ch... Continue reading

What's it about?

CAFFEINE: LIVE STREAMING is an entertainment app that includes live broadcasts by creators, broadcast companies, and some celebrities such as Drake. Scroll or search through the channels, schedule, or broadcasters to find a stream of interest. When viewers join a feed, the creator is alerted and can comment specifically to them using their screen name. While watching a broadcast, viewers can chat using text and emojis. Buy "gold" through in-app purchases ranging from 10 coins for $0.99 to 2,800 coins for $249.99. Share the gold with creators or cash it in to send pictures to broadcasters like a wave (3 coins), balloons (5 coins), or a potato (999 coins). Users can find people to follow and have others follow them. Many channels post a schedule of what they plan on streaming for a specific date and time.

Is it any good?

This livestreaming app is absolutely for teens and adults, primarily those who have interests in topics such as video games, action sports, and rap music. Watching a livestream of someone else engaging in an activity is mostly a passive pastime. But Caffeine: Live Stream has an interactive element in that it allows users to engage with creators in real time. It's definitely fun to join a broadcast, send comments, and hear the creator give you a personal screen name shout-out. Some teens may find it appealing to join a supportive community of others who have similar interests, though parents may want to make sure that the community is actually supportive and welcoming. Also, parents should be aware that there's often lots of mature content in a stream and/or chat. As dictated by community rules, most creators list their broadcast feeds as 17+ because they plan on swearing while streaming, drinking or smoking (or referencing such behavior), or doing other activities that require that age-range setting. For parents who have purchasing preferences set in the app, teens won't be able to buy gold through an in-app purchase without inputting an iTunes or Google password. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teens can engage with creators and broadcasters in real time with Caffeine: Live Streaming. What are some appropriate questions to ask? What kinds of comments are good to share and what shouldn't be shared?

  • It's fun and exciting when a broadcaster notices you join the feed and says your screen name out loud. What are your family rules around this type of interaction?

  • The Caffeine: Live Streaming community rules prevent explicit information, violence, hateful words and actions, bullying, and other negative things. What should you do if you notice a creator violating these rules? 

  • A screen name is required to use Caffeine. What is an appropriate screen name to use when signing up? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (In-App Purchases For "Gold" range from $0.99 to $249.00)
  • Release date: August 7, 2019
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 57.30 MB
  • Publisher: Caffeine Inc.
  • Version: 5.4.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.2 or later; Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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