CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A Virginia mom says she is “blindsided” after finding out her 12-year-old daughter was live streaming in her bedroom to hundreds of strangers.
Kelly Jarrett says she wants to alert other families to the dangers of live streaming, according to PIX11’s sister station WTVR.
Jarrett says she received a friend request on Facebook from a man she didn’t know, then found out he was a viewer of her daughter’s live streams.
Jarrett discovered Emily, 12, was streaming a live feed on YouNow of herself in her bedroom giving advice to friends.
The stream reached people all over the world and amassed more than 400 comments.
Jarrett says she found comments from random men who complimented Emily’s looks saying, “you are so beautiful, your eyes are so blue and pretty, your voice is so soothing.”
“It scared me on levels that I did not want to be frightened on,” Jarrett said. “Her devices have been taken away,” Jarrett said.
There are a lot of other free live streaming sites including UStream, Livestream, YouTube and even Facebook.
Jarrett arranged for a school resource officer to talk to Emily about the live streaming, and recorded it to help other parents talk to their children about this issue.
“When you’re video-chatting live that invites all kinds of predators into your world,” the officer told Emily.
YouNow has released the following statement regarding the incident:
Trust is a core value of YouNow, and we are committed to the safety of our community. We have strict policies against inappropriate behavior, harassment, and illegal activities.
YouNow has a multi-layered monitoring system that addresses safety concerns and works to make our community as welcoming as it can be. 24/7 live moderators respond to any issue flagged by the community or detected by our automated systems. In addition, any user can not only flag another user, but completely block them.
Our broadcasts are monitored 24/7, and any user who is reported not to have met our standards is quickly disciplined. If you are a parent, please visit our Guide for Parents, and for more information on what is and isn’t acceptable, visit Community Standards & Site Rules.