Live Streaming Apps May Have Dangerous Impact for Children

Smartphone programs that allow children to broadcast their lives may allow strangers to tune in.
2:57 | 05/18/15

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"Gma" on the lookout and warning for parents about how your kids can broadcast their lives on the internet essentially bringing strangers right into your home. ABC's Mara schiavocampo has the story. Reporter: Meerkat, periscope, you now, live streaming apps with millions of users especially teens. Hi, Tony. Hi, Tony. But 16-year-old Katie -- A modern-day chat room. Reporter: She has 22,000 followers using the app to talk to people all over the world. In realtime. People have made inappropriate comments before. Reporter: Essentially every time Katie uses you now that means thousands of strangers can see her and what she's doing. It's a little nerve-racking Kurt Busch Katie's mom is cautious and says she's taking that extra sustain. I basically be in her own personal moderate. Reporter: Take a look. In a matter of minutes we're able to find not only teens but dulls doing thing tass are not exactly pg-13. Cybersecurity expert Teresa Peyton shows us how the live streaming app periscope works. Seen people watching us. Reporter: In a matter of seconds I'm broadcasting live and people immediately start commenting. Good evening. You're up higher. Reporter: Experts say apps like these can expose kids to inappropriate videos, subject them to realtime bullying and even put your child's safety at risk. To show how quickly someone can find your location while using one of these live streams we use our producer's periscope account. You saw her periscope video. Yes. Reporter: We're able to see her user name or handle which is linked to her twitterer account. She talks about New York City. Reporter: We plugged that information into this free website and any time she posts something on social media. Is that your picture? That's my picture. Reporter: Kl pop up on this map with her exact location. So it's like leaving a trail of bread crumbs. You can tell how stale or fresh because they're all timestamped. Reporter: Meerkat says we are constantly evaluating the best privacy, trust and safety systems to serve our community. Periscope points to their guidelines that urge users to not show graphic material and you now says broadcasters are monitored 24/7 and any user who is reported to not have met our standards is quickly disciplined. All three apps encourage you to report inappropriate behavior. So what should parents do to keep their kids safe? Well, experts say get your own account so you can keep an eye on what they're doing. Make sure they turn off location selves for all their social media accounts and when you're broadcasting live make sure you're not showing any identifiable locates because that can be another clue that people can use. All sound like good tips and turn off location services and you can't track your kids. There's that. Too much to think about. There's a lot to consider.

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