Live streaming is increasingly becoming one of the most popular online activities for children and young people. Apps such as Musical.ly, Live.me, Periscope and YouNow are all soaring in popularity, which has seen other well established apps such as Facebook adding live streaming functions. With this in mind it’s important that professionals are able to stay up to date with how children can stay safe when using these types of platforms.
Using the most up to date intelligence received into the CEOP Command, our new #LiveSkills resources concentrate on the specific risks children and young people face whilst live streaming. They focus on the nuanced features of this new online phenomenon such as the immediacy of ‘live contact’ and the large numbers of users communicating with a young person at any one time, and the affirmation gained via views and gifts.
What do the resources cover and who are they for?
The resources highlight the type of tactics offenders’ use on live streaming platforms, as well address the more deep rooted issues that might make children and young people particularly vulnerable online – such as low confidence and self-esteem. Through a series of age appropriate activities, both primary and secondary aged children will be taught skills to help them think critically about the people they meet online and empower them to respond safely to pressure and manipulation from adult offenders. There are also accompanying resources for parents and carers to educate them about their children’s internet use and factsheets for professionals that provide context and information about live streaming. All resources will include key information on reporting to CEOP and where to seek further advice and support. To gain access to these materials, please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/live-streaming/ to download.