Why do teens love the app?
Many users of Live.ly use the app because it helps them to connect with friends, watch broadcasts from other users and showcases their live streams to the world.
What can you find on the app?
There is a range of videos showcasing comedy skits, lip syncing and a myriad of talents from singing to acrobatics. A recent investigation from Channel 4 also found that there were users streaming inappropriate content on the app.
What parents need to be aware of?
Live streaming “life” can be risky, especially for a young person who may be influenced to share too much personal information or inappropriate content to gain more viewers or likes.
The open forum allows users to receive live responses which can potentially mean that inappropriate content is sent to children. Parents should take extreme caution when deciding if their children should use this app based on the risks.
We’d advise parents to talk to their children and assess whether they are equipped with the tools and understanding to deal with these issues before letting them use the app.
Children may not be aware of how much information they are giving away when they are streaming live from their homes and other personal environments.
A user might forget they have hundreds of strangers viewing their broadcasting and watching them answer personal questions from anonymous viewers. Viewing the broadcasts also requires no registration or age verification at all.
Choose who sends Live comments
By going to the setting section of the app and choosing ‘live comments’ users can set to only receive comments from people who they follow rather than anyone on the app.
Choose who sends them ‘Go live’ requests
Again, within the settings sections, users can select ‘close friends’ so they only notify people they are connected to and consider friends to get a notification that they are ‘live streaming’.