Quick check on video portals

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The world of video portals promises attention and participation. Portals that enable live-streaming, i.e. real time video broadcasting, are also becoming ever more significant online.

Children and adolescents don’t use platforms like Facebook so much anymore. They no longer regularly maintain their profiles, partly because adults that they know are also active on Facebook. Live streaming, however, is new and exciting to them. This quick check offers an overview of how live streaming is used and the risks that accompany it.

Facebook Live follows on the heals of other live-streaming portals success. The company wants to stream big events like sports matches and concerts on the one hand, and enable their users to stream video themselves on the other. That way, users can search for streams from “friends” or famous people. Facebook’s settings for live streaming are automatically set to “public.” That means: Every user on Facebook and even viewers not on Facebook can see the video. If you don’t want this, you can set the stream to only be shown to a specific group, like family members or individual “friends.” People can live comment on all of the streams as well, they can also send emojis, which are then displayed in real time.

Especially children and young people sometimes reveal a lot about themselves to appear more interesting to viewers and to get more likes and fans. But live streaming runs the risk of violating others’ rights. So children and adolescents have to remember: It all goes live. There is no way to undo or edit what is already said or done. It’s all the more important, therefore, that adults keep an eye on what offers children and adolescents are using, to check if they are sharing things about themselves on a live stream and with whom.

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/mediabase/img/3060.jpg Video portals are among the most popular sites that children and young people use in the digital world today. The selection of portals and platforms out there is very large. Background
/mediabase/img/3048.jpg Markus Gerstmann knows, thanks to his daily work with children and young people, the importance of video platforms for the younger generation. Interview: Education by censorship is unadvisable

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