Periscope is a live streaming app that allows users to broadcast and watch LIVE video. Periscope is owned by Twitter and claims to have distributed over 200 million live videos in its first year of operation (2015). Periscope requires each user to set up an account in order to post live videos or watch live videos from other users. Comments and “likes” can be made while a video is being viewed so that the user broadcasting the video can see how big the audience is. Periscope is recommended for users ages 4 years old and up according to the Apple App Store. Periscope poses a risk to minors because nothing prevents users from broadcasting anything they want to show the world. While Periscope has rules against broadcasting nudity and other objectionable things, Periscope cannot stop this type of content from being broadcast; they can only suspend accounts after the fact. In addition, Periscope displays the location of the broadcaster making it easy for other users to see exactly where the broadcaster is. This is especially dangerous for minors. We cannot recommend a safe way for minors to use Periscope.
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