Friday, April 17, 2015

YouNow is The Worst Place You Don't Know Your Teenager is Going

YouNow is an enormously popular website meeting a huge and creepy demand. As an adult it's hard to watch. But as a parent, it might just be the most terrifying thing your child is doing while you're not looking, and everyone else is.


Screen Capture from YouNow's #girls section

A cross between YouTube and live-stream apps like Meerkat and Periscope, YouNow has 100 million live streaming videos per month. The difference is that YouNow encourages young teenagers to broadcast long-form streaming, for hours at a time, even while the teen is asleep . . . and doing almost any other activity that viewers request.

The #truthordare section is dedicated to teens who will play the game with strangers on the web. There's even a way for viewers to pay the teens for what they do on camera. You can only imagine the dangers awaiting them.

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