Live streaming

Live streaming refers to online media that is simultaneously recorded and broadcast in real time to the viewer. All you need to be able to live stream is an internet enabled device, like a smart phone or tablet, and a platform (such as website or app) to broadcast on. Live streaming is different to video calling as it does not allow two-way audio and video communication.

What are the benefits?

  • Live streaming allows you to share special moments 
    It is easy to share a special moment with family and friends, such as singing happy birthday. 
  • Ordinary people can be citizen journalists
    Anyone can broadcast live, which means that if you have a smartphone you can document events.
  • You can watch events or connect with people
    You can watch a concert or connect with a celebrity on the other side of the world.

What are the risks?

  • Live streaming is in the moment
    It is easy to do things in the moment without thinking through the consequences.
  • Tactics such as trickery and flattery
    People can use tactics to get you to do things you would otherwise not do.
  • Damage to your online reputation
    Live broadcasts can form part of your lasting digital footprint and may be difficult to remove if they have been copied or shared.

You can view live streaming services in the eSafety guide.