What do I need to know about Twitch?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Twitch. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views


What do children and young people dislike about it?

5% of the children and young people who reviewed Twitch thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Twitch were:

  • There are lots of adverts
  • People say rude things in their videos
  • It’s hard to censor because it’s live


What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Twitch were:

  • You can learn how to play your favourite games
  • It’s entertaining
  • You can watch your favourite YouTubers

Is content on Twitch suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Twitch. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).

Sexual

Medium Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Low Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about
Twitch?

Boy, 13

“It is quite vulgar as once it’s said, it’s gone and nobody can watch it again. This makes the streamer quite reckless about what they say which can lead to some upsetting things being said.”

18 year old

“The site can be both very safe and enjoyable, and also risky and vulgar depending on what content is selected. It’s great at separating these two sides of the site and allows users to select what content they want to access. The content is almost always live, meaning there is little/no censorship.”

Girl, 15

“It allows you to watch gaming streams/art streams etc.”

Father

“Twitch can be engaging but difficult to censor the individual chat.” – Father of 15 and 17 yr olds

Father

“Twitch is potentially exposing children to unsavoury types such as predators and bullies. Like other services it has community standards that you must follow, or else face being banned. You can also report other users for inappropriate behaviour.” – Father of 17 and 18 yr olds

Mother

“It’s a great website for watching people play games but I wouldn’t say it is suitable for children under 15.” – Mother of 9 and 12 yr olds

Twitch

"Welcome to a community where millions of people and thousands of interests collide in a beautiful explosion of video games, pop culture, and conversation. With chat built into every stream, you don’t just watch on Twitch, you’re a part of the show."

O2 Guru Top Tip for Twitch

O2 Guru Camilla says:


"Twitch lets you control whether you share your activity under settings, account, and then presence."

 

Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.


For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2). 

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What's the right age for Twitch?

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Twitch says

This is taken from Twitch’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.

14+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.

11+

Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.

11+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 295 votes from parents who have visited this site – you can vote too!

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Start a conversation with your child
about Twitch

Having open, regular conversations with your child will enable you to really understand and explore the online world together, helping you to keep them safe online. Our tips and advice can help you start having these conversations.

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