A Periscope broadcast is a live video stream that allows viewers to engage directly with the broadcaster and other viewers through the use of real time commenting and hearts. A stream can be as short or as long as you want (or your battery and service allow).
Broadcasts are by default public and visible to everyone on our platform. You can, however, opt to make your broadcast private if you wish to only make it visible to a select group of users.
1) Why are teens using Periscope?
As described above, Periscope is a live broadcasting service which, since "Facebook Live" and other similar features were released on the popular social networking sites, doing live video streams are a modern day a fast way of communicating with people you may or may not know.
2) What are the risks of Periscope?
Periscope is "self moderated" by it's users, this means it relies on the good will and awareness of it's users to report inappropriate streams and users who may be putting themselves at risk, or being put at risk by other users.
Periscope has had recent bad media coverage around the dangers some users who are clearly under the minimum age for the site are put in by users requesting those streaming to "expose" themselves. In one case on the BBC, a school girl, in her uniform in a classroom was being requested to expose her private area's to them.
3) What is the minimum age of Periscope?
he minimum age for Periscope is 17, but the age verification process is flawed, in terms that you can lie about your age and there is no way to authenticate your details. This is a common problem on Social Media sites. Periscope do express any reports made of underage users will be investigated and accounts deleted if found to be the case.
4) What is the best way to keep safe on Periscope?
Read the information from the Help Centre below, monitor your children's devices and if they are thinking of using the app, point them to the bad press stories on YouTube and other sites so they realise the risks from the site.
Periscope has a "Help Centre", within this is tips for parents which will give everything from the basics around Periscope to the details information around changing setting and reporting sensitive content