A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Created by the founders of the now-pruned Vine, HYPE - INTERACTIVE LIVE VIDEO gives anyone a platform to broadcast to the world without time limits. Viewers can subscribe to feeds, watch recorded broadcasts, and see when broadcasters are live, as well as leave comments and stars (similar to likes) for broadcasters. Broadcasters can view comments and interact with viewers live and add music, images, or video to broadcasts. Though broadcasts are automatically saved, users can delete them. Viewers can also browse their subscriptions, see who's currently live, and browse recent broadcasters.
Is it any good?
The definition of hype is "to promote or publicize dramatically," and that's just what this live video broadcaster does, but despite its numerous features, it's still a tricky choice for teens. From musically enhanced introductions to recorded broadcasts to added images and text, the production on Hype - Interactive Live Video often has more value than the content. Some former Vine broadcasters have moved over and brought followers, but there's no way to categorize broadcasts or browse or search by category, which could add some substance to the content. Both broadcasting and viewing broadcasts, either live or recorded, are pretty intuitive. As the user base grows, this could become a tool for creative people to share their talents and ideas. Like all live-streaming apps, however, where, what, when, and how teens share with anonymous viewers creates concerns. It's all too easy for someone to share personal information, share or do more than intended based on viewer prompting, and broadcast from private spaces, such as bedrooms. If parents allow their teens to use a live-streaming app, they might want to set rules around the logistics and tune in themselves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Teens must have a parent's guidance if using the Hype - Interactive Live Video, per the terms of service. Discuss with teens how they'll use the app. Know what they're watching and how they're commenting.
Talk about general privacy and safety online, and check in with your kid about new content posted and viewed.
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