#LiveSkills is a package of resources focusing on live streaming. Live streaming is increasingly becoming one of the most popular online activities for children and young people. Apps such as Musical.ly, Live.me, Periscope and YouNow are all soaring in popularity, which has seen other well established apps such as Facebook adding live streaming functions.
#LiveSkills explores the nuanced features of live streaming and the specific risks children and young people can face.
Key issues covered
- The types of tactics offenders use on live streaming platforms
- Skills to think critically about the people they meet online
- Identifying and responding to pressure and manipulation online
- Issues such as low confidence and self-esteem that can make children and young people particularly vulnerable ‘when live’
- Understanding online sexual abuse and sources of support
- Building resilience in children and young people
The package contains resources for both primary and secondary aged children, and their parents/carers. The package contains the following:
Exploring Self-esteem for 8-11 year olds: Three 20 minute activities focused on building confidence and self-esteem in children, and knowing who to trust online.
Exploring positive and negative attention for 8-11 year olds: Three 20 minute activities focused on identifying negative attention when live streaming, and what children can do online and offline to seek more positive affirmation.
Charlie's story- live streaming case study for 13+ year olds: 1hour 30min session focusing on a case study of online sexual abuse of a young person via live streaming. The activities explore the concepts of coercion/pressure online, barriers to disclosing and where young people can seek support. This session can be delivered in separate parts.
11-13 and 14+ years: Article focusing on identifying and responding safely to pressure online. This article can also be found on the Thinkuknow website.
Parents/carers: A 30 min presentation for parents/carers explaining live streaming, the risks for young people and tips to support their child to stay safe. This presentation can also be adapted to deliver to professionals. A new article exploring similar themes is also available to download and can be found on the Thinkuknow Parents and Carers website.
Professionals: All resources are designed to be delivered by professionals working directly with children and young people. A factsheet providing key information about live streaming is also included for your reference.
Supporting activities: The package of resources includes comprehensive guidance on delivering each session and includes; session plans, a presentation, printable resources, factsheets for professionals and parents and carers.
#WhoIsSam: Online contact and reporting to CEOP
With the threat of offenders using online live streaming platforms increasing there is a need to educate children about the associated risks. This short animation, narrated by a fictional narrator Sam, highlights the importance of parents and carers talking to their child about their internet use and signposts to the Thinkuknow website for parents and carers.