Last Updated on 31st March 2023
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9th March 2023
YouTube have begun rolling out a new livestreaming feature called ‘Go Live Together’. This guide to YouTube Go Live Together outlines what the feature is, what the risks are, and some top tips to help the children and young people in your care stay safer if they choose to livestream on YouTube.
What is YouTube Go Live Together?
YouTube Go Live Together is a new feature from the video streaming platform that allows users to become a ‘host’ and invite another user as a ‘guest’ to join their livestream.
Previously, YouTube only allowed their users to ‘Go Live’ on their own, with the only interaction with others available through live chat (or if the person was accompanied by someone else in the video itself). Go Live Together is currently only available on the mobile YouTube app, but plans to expand the feature to desktop webcam users are in progress.
Is it different from livestreaming on YouTube?
Go Live Together is a new feature included in the livestreaming option available to users on YouTube’s main platform. It is not available on YouTube Kids (a separate app for children under 13) or YouTube Supervised (an upcoming parent monitored feature).
Go Live Together is only available if a user meets the following criteria:
It’s worth noting that any child under the age of 12 who appears in a livestream must be visibly accompanied by an adult, according to YouTube’s guidelines. All livestream content is monitored by a mixture of machine learning (AI) on the platform and human moderators.
In both Go Live streams and Go Live Together streams, the host user is responsible for all content, guests, and moderators (other users chosen by the host to ensure their stream and live chat comply with YouTube’s terms, guidelines, and policies). This remains the case even if a guest or moderator does something inappropriate.
Why do young people enjoy livestreaming?
We know it may seem like a bizarre interest or mode of communication to older generations, but recent studies show that children as young as seven spend roughly three hours a week livestreaming.
This is not a strange concept to children or young people, but is becoming a normal part of their everyday online lives. There are many reasons a child or young person may be drawn to the idea of livestreaming, including:
What are the risks?
There are several risks of livestreaming options available on the platform. It is worth noting that all these risks are heightened when another person is directly involved in the stream (such as in Go Live Together), as the impact they might have could be harder to control or predict.
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