Common Sense Media says

Innovative video site puts users in charge.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

To cut down on rude behavior, network administrators can ban or ignore users.


Some violence in horror, crime, and action movie clips.


Sexually explicit content is prohibited, but some racy photos and links to porn sites slip through.


Some profanity.


A moderate amount of ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some videos and chats about drinking and smoking.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byTroyallen April 20, 2011

Justin.tv needs to be investigated my the FBI

The website justin.tv is full of pedophiles, underage children flashing their private parts, porn and sexual chats with teenagers. Today alone, 2 teens showed their boobs and 2 children under the age of 13 got naked, 7 porn movies and 5 guys jacking off. The so called admins do not see it. Apparently, nobody monitors the site until the damage is done. You hit a report button and the channel gets banned 5 hours later or not at all. It's not a family site, it's more like a porn smut site. Stay away, you kids and teens will be corrupted. Also, Justin.tv allows illegal streams of DMCA content. The site needs to be investigated by the FBI.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 3 year old Written byCulver April 19, 2011

Not a safe site and the worst admins on the internet.

Justin.tv is not a safe site for kids. Pedophiles run rampant on that site and the admins nor staff do not monitor the social directory. These men perv on these kids daily asking them to show parts of their bodies, tell them they are cute and stuff. Personal information are spammed in the chats while the admins do not care. The chats are sexual and foul. Report do nothing, they basically ignore reports from the general community and rely on certain people that are their friends to ban whoever they want. You have guys masturbating, porn, underage children on that site broadcasting for long periods of time before that get banned. And they just come back with new accounts and ignored again. One admin was told there was a 6 year old kid broadcasting and he refused to ban him. Their policy is 13 years and above, but they are sometimes too lazy to do their job. I do not recommend this site. If you want email support now from the staff, the wait time is 25 days.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byMona1224 April 19, 2011

Not for young children.

I think the site should not be a 13+ site. Too many perverts and pedophiles running rampant through there. Too many kids don't understand/know the dangers. The staff and the volunteer Admins don't monitor it enough for it to be 13+. It needs to be 18+.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns


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