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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Justin.tv is a mixed bag when it comes to content. Most of videos are fine for teens, but sometimes sexually explicit content -- including links to porn sites -- slips through, despite being prohibited by community guidelines. Teens can protect their channels with an access code so that only users they invite can view the content posted. Users can delete their own videos.
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What's it about?
Named for its founder, Justin Kan, JUSTIN.TV began as a platform for \"lifecasting\" -- live video streaming shot from the perspective of the participant. Today, the site features a wider variety of video content, from ferret cams to movie clips to live news feeds. Users can become fans of channels, each of which includes a live chat. The site also has networks, which can encompass multiple channels dedicated to similar topics and forums that are moderated by network administrators.
Is it any good?
Like most sites featuring user-generated content, Justin.tv is hit or miss when it comes to videos -- but its community features are top-notch. YouTube commenting seems primitive compared to the chats and forums integrated into Justin.tv's networks. And users have plenty of tools to keep their networks clean and on-topic, such as banning users or filtering language. Also noteworthy is the site's Headlines section, which features user-penned stories on noteworthy Justin.tv broadcasters, including aspiring artists and musicians.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about potential drawbacks of posting videos online. Would teens feel uncomfortable knowing that thousands of people can see them? How do you know what's OK to post and what's not? Check out our tips on YouTube and video chatting to start a conversation about using video sites safely.