RVA Parenting: Experts warn about YouNow and other livestreaming sites

RVA Parenting: Expert warns about YouNow app

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Social Media experts have a warning for parents about the YouNow livestreaming app.

A user can scroll through livestreams of people in their homes, bedrooms, bathrooms and watch them live using the app on a website, smartphone or tablet.

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"It's just like walking out on the street and inviting 50 strangers into your home to watch you eat dinner, play with toys, look at television, or do whatever in the privacy of your own bedroom," said social media expert Marcy Williams.

Many of the users are young people or teens and they can interact with the person they are watching.

"You're able to broadcast singing or dancing. It's a great avenue if you want to be seen, but it also has its risks," said Williams. "A lot of young people are using it to broadcast inappropriate actions as well. So, it's really a concern for parents."

Plus, kids can make money off livestreaming their activities, as other users can pay to watch you.

"When you think of predators, you don't know what their intentions are. So, when you're on YouNow for example, you have people from all over the globe who can watch you. They can pay for points, and you make money," said Williams. ""You're giving them the desire to want to sell themselves by broadcasting and then some of the people who watch, they make requests. So they say do a truth or dare. They may dare you to do something. They may dare you to show your bra strap, or part of your body  and then they buy more points to encourage you to do more random acts."

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