Periscope App – a New Parents’ Nightmare
Recently launched live streaming application Periscope turned out to be a potential source of sexual harassment and cyberbullying. A so-called “the closest thing to teleportation” technology brought up many issues concerning users’ privacy and safety.
App developers ring the alarm bells for parents to control the activity of their children in this application, because the system of the app leaks and gives an opportunity for initiative to cyberbullies, perverts and wreckers.
What are the main dangers of Periscope app?
- Sexual harassment
- Location tagging
- Unmonitored comments
There are many warnings that this app is already overcrowded with creepy users that take an advantage of the anonymity proposed by the settings of the app to sexually harass women. Of course, as any other application, Periscope prohibits explicit or overtly sexual content in addition to content or media that is intended to incite violent or dangerous activity. However, nothing is done to prevent apparition of online harassment.
In the abstract, the app provides guidelines what content is considered to be appropriate for sharing. As a matter of practice, a user can show whatever he or she wants and there is no possibility to control it.
Parents would rather not want their children to see something inappropriate or harmful. Periscope is a potential location of streaming nude videos that no one is going to control, and it is another issue parents have to face.
In addition, one of the main dangers of the app is a map that accompanies the video stream if user neglected to turn off the location-sharing feature. Parents are nervous that children can be found by anyone; moreover, anyone can find a user of the app even if the Tweet stream is privatized.
On one hand, the application proposes a possibility to hide the location, however, many users often forget or make little of this option. As a result, minor users of the app are in danger of being found by any user of the app.
Children and teenagers using the app often fall prey to online bulling and the app proposes huge variety of opportunities to cyberbullies. Monitoring and controlling of the application usage should be an outmost concern to any thoughtful parent. Young users of Periscope are open to any matter of violent or sexual abuse and online protection of children is the first priority for parents.
So, as many other apps, Periscope is a great application to use by kids only if it is used right. Many parents choose to forbid it at all, but if you decide to allow it, make sure all the safety measures are taken care of.