No doubt, you’ve heard about the Periscope App. It’s all the rage right now, drawing crowds from every age group, every niche market, from all over the world. You see pretty much everything on there, and this is where I have a small problem.
While I love Periscope for training purposes and for learning new things from marketers, fitness experts, chefs and life coaches, I have also found that if you are not careful, you will see some things that you weren’t really bargaining for.
As an adult, I have been shocked a few times, but I can quickly regroup and move on to something else. But, imagine if you are a child…
So many of our children have their own phones these days. Heck, I know four year olds who own phones as expensive as my own! And I know elementary school children who know all about the Periscope app, Snapchat, Kik and more.
That, to me, is a bit scary. I mean, when I was in elementary school, I was still playing with barbie dolls and sticker books..
But, I digress.
Through personal research and my own experiences, I have found three shocking facts every parent needs to know about the Periscope app in order to protect your children from all sorts of unspeakable horrors…
Here they are:
1.) Periscope, just like any other social network, is packed full of creepy, sexual predators. They are able to easily hide behind a sense of anonymity and stalk pretty much anyone they want. Including your children. Even though Periscope prohibits any kind of blatant or overly sexual content, there doesn’t seem to be much being done in order to monitor and ban the people who are putting it out there.
I, myself, have accidentally wandered onto a broadcast of full frontal male nudity because the title of it was definitely NOT what was being shown. There’s really no way to know what kind of things your child may be watching.
“[U]sers can (and do) freely broadcast sex, violence, and other iffy content. There’s also no reporting system for inappropriate content, except through Twitter itself, which could open the door for nefarious uses of the service,” says Common Sense Media.
2.) Your children can be found very easily by… anyone. One of the features of the Periscope app is the map that shows exactly where you are when broadcasting. While it can be turned off, most novice users of the Periscope app have gone ahead and broadcasted their videos without even knowing that it would show their viewers their exact location. And since ANYONE with the Periscope app can view the broadcasted videos, that means ANYONE can locate your child. Pretty scary, huh?
3.) In addition to the fear of what your children might be seeing on Periscope, you might also think about what they may be receiving. Bullying and sexual harassment are often done online and are not always acted out by people that we know. Periscope simply offers bullies yet another avenue to torture our children while hiding behind a cell phone app. And they get the added benefit of their videos being deleted after 24 hours.
Kids today are very tech-savvy, but when it comes right down to it, they are still kids and we need to protect them. In my opinion, Periscope is too dangerous for my children to have on their phones. The decision for your family is in your hands, but don’t say you haven’t been warned.
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~ Carrie A Medford
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