Children livestreaming a new online concern

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Livestreaming is something more and more young teens are resorting to in the social media world. It is the new ‘in’ thing. Too many young children are livestreaming stuff they do during the day in their quest to build their channel, get more views or followers. But there is a risk of over sharing, privacy and more importantly their own security.

Research just published by Childnet, a U.K. child safety charity, suggests the use of livestreaming services launched in the past year by YouTube, Facebook and Instagram has already become a significant trend among youth.

In Canada, trends of livestreaming on social media are emerging and mobile applications that offer live-stream options are preferred for sharing events in real time.

Childnet suggests parents keep up with their kids about what they’re doing with their phones, and advises kids who want to watch livestreams be choosy, since they can’t be sure what they’ll actually see. Offensive or abusive content should be reported though online reporting, or to police.

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The RCMP define cyberbullying as the use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others, including:
• Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages.
• Posting embarrassing photos of someone online.
• Creating a website to make fun of others.
• Pretending to be someone by using their name.
• Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others. – CINEWS

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