The folks at saferinternet.org.uk have put together this post which will guide you things to consider, but in summary they are:
- Think before you broadcast - Your live stream can be seen by anyone who can access the service, think about what you are streaming and where from! Remember this can be recorded (if somebody really wanted to) and then shared elsewhere which you would have no control over!
- Consider your privacy - Think about who you want to see the broadcast, Periscope has a private option, there is a padlock you can click before you start streaming and select your followers who you want to be able to access this, but services like Meerkat do not!
- Report any concerns - If you are concerned by anything you see then report the concerns to the service provider, Periscope make this very easy by scrolling to the bottom of the broadcast page and clicking the report badge! Meerkat does not
- Blocking is your friend - This is easier on Periscope than Meerkat, on Periscope click on the gears icon within a users profile and click block user! Meerkat at the moment appears to be light on all of these settings so another point that should be considered!
- And as Safer Internet say, its never too late to tell someone- Remember if you are not an adult or you are an adult reading this, it is never to late to tell a trusted adult about what you have seen or if you don't have this support then you can speak to ChildLine online here or call 0800 11 11, remember if it is serious you can also report concerns to CEOP, the polices Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, here
From my experience using both apps it is clear that Periscope certainly has more controls than Meerkat but don't think this is safer just because of this.
Its always best to talk to children / teens about using these networks and good for you to have a working knowledge so you can understand the risks and positive side of both.
I would also recommend having a look at Safer Internets site for all different guides to staying safe online.
Any questions feel free to get in touch!