A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
PERISCOPE users are able to live-stream everyday events, which can range from sitting around the house to covering a breaking news event. Those streams get pushed to the user's Twitter feed for the world to see. There are no screening tools, so users who watch the streams are never entirely sure what they're going to see, but there is reporting feature on the info panel, which you can access by swiping left on a broadcast. You can follow other users, just as they can follow you, receiving notifications when they've launched a stream. Users also can comment on any stream via the app; streams are shown live as they happen. Streams are saved and can be replayed.
Is it any good?
As with Meerkat, this live streamer is part of a new trend of in-the-moment broadcasting tools that come with a host of possibilities and potential pitfalls. Streams aren't monitored, meaning users can (and do) freely broadcast sex, violence, and other iffy content. Because the potential for exposure to inappropriate content is so great, it's not appropriate for young children or tweens, and parents of teens might want to consider access on a case-by-case basis. It can open up the world, but it also can showcase things you might not be ready for your kids to see.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about privacy and the risks of broadcasting yourself to the world. What's fun about streaming video and getting live comments? What are the drawbacks? What would draw you to watching someone else's stream?
Discuss what's appropriate to share and what isn't. Remind kids that people beyond their existing Twitter followers might see their video.
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