I was at a meeting with other Media Specialists from around our county today and a guest speaker showed us a demo of a fairly new app by which users can live stream from their location and viewers can comment in real time. The app is Twitter's new acquisition, Periscope. While there may be many ways to use this app for good there are also many ways this app can expose teenagers to live stream video that you might not consider appropriate. The following is a list of apps, like Periscope, that parents should be aware of and links to their Common Sense Media reviews or other information. Time to be in the know!
Each Common Sense Media review includes discussion questions for families. I hope this post helps you start some meaningful conversations with your children about online safety and digital footprints. For more information on emerging teen apps check out this article, or visit the Common Sense Media Blog.
Rebecca Hamby, Media Specialist