Social Media warning to Parents – Live video streaming

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Social Media warning to Parents – Live video streaming

Dyfed Powys Police have made us aware of a video stream app called Live.me.  The officers are also warning schools to make parents aware that under the latest Snapchat update, public settings allow users to find someone’s exact location.  It produces a map which allows you to see their exact location down to the house they are in.”Snapchat ‘hotspots’ allow anyone to see snapchats that are set to public – you do not need to have added any of these people to get locations and the update is worldwide. Children and young people are vulnerable for a number of reasons to being sexually exploited through the use of the internet and, in particular, social media.

What parents need to know that Live.me

Live Video Streaming App! Broadcast, Chat, Share, Follow and be a Star! is a tool for broadcasting live-streaming videos and watching others’ videos. The terms of use specify that users be at least 18 or have parental permission to use the tool, but tweens and young teens are broadcasting. The potential for predatory comments or bullying of broadcasters is a concern, as is the possibility of viewing inappropriate content, even though the message shown when logging on to each broadcast reminds users to report any violent or sexual content. During the review period, profanity and racial slurs were commonplace, some users were scantily clad, one 13-year-old was asked sexually charged questions, and one broadcast showed someone preparing marijuana. Privacy issues abound as users have no control over who views their broadcasts, and all their clicks and interactions as a viewer could be collected or shared. Users log in with a phone number, Facebook account, or Instagram account.

The internet is an amazing resource and tool but sadly does come with risk.

By | 2017-07-14T09:17:57+00:00 July 14th, 2017|News, Uncategorized|

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