Live streaming platforms let users chat to each other or broadcast videos of themselves in real time.

As this can create privacy and safety issues for users of all ages, it's important to check the settings and controls on each individual app. Find out what you can set on three of the most popular streaming platforms.

Skype

Minimum age: 13
What can you set? Hide your age, date of birth and gender, only allow people in your contact list to get in touch, and block people.
 

Periscope

Minimum age: 13
What can you set? Hide your location, set Private Broadcast, so only people you invite can watch your broadcasts, restrict chat to only the people you follow, and choose not to share your broadcast on Twitter.

YouNow

Minimum age: 13 with parental permission; 18 without
What can you set? Use a nickname, hide your location and block people.
 

If your child sees anything inappropriate or sexual on a live streaming app, they should report it to the site’s administrators. If they are the subject of inappropriate sexual contact or approach by another person, they should tell a trusted adult and report it immediately to CEOP (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).