MINIMUM AGE: 18+
WHAT IS IT?
BitChute is a video-sharing social media platform known for its stance on free speech and content that might be considered controversial on other mainstream video platforms. It allows users to upload and share a wide range of videos, often without the same level of content moderation as more mainstream platforms. BitChute positions itself as a platform that respects free expression and offers an alternative space for content creators who feel their views are restricted on other video-sharing sites. However, this commitment to free speech has also led to concerns about the proliferation of hate speech and extremist content on the platform.
WHAT WE SAY:
BitChute is not considered suitable for children for several reasons:
Lack of Content Moderation: BitChute takes a strong stance on free speech and minimal content moderation. This means that a wide range of content, including extremist, graphic, and explicit material, can be readily available without filters or age restrictions.
Risk of Exposure to Inappropriate Content: Children may inadvertently come across content that is violent, hateful, sexually explicit, or otherwise unsuitable for their age. This exposure can be harmful to their development and emotional well-being.
Potential for Radicalisation: The platform's commitment to free expression has raised concerns about the potential for users, including children, to be exposed to extremist or radical ideologies.
Limited Parental Control: BitChute does not offer robust parental control features or content filtering options, making it challenging for caregivers to protect children from inappropriate content.
Absence of Child-Focused Features: BitChute is not designed with children in mind. Unlike dedicated child-friendly platforms, it lacks features and content suitable for a young audience.
Inadequate Safety Measures: While BitChute does have reporting tools, it may not have the same level of safety and security measures found on platforms explicitly designed for children or those with more stringent content policies.
For these reasons, caregivers are advised to be cautious and consider alternatives that offer better safeguards and age-appropriate content for children. It's important to educate children about the potential dangers of the internet and guide their online activities to ensure a safe and responsible digital experience.
SAFETY TIPS TO CONSIDER:
BitChute provides access to its 'Community Guidelines' at this link.
To report content on BitChute, it is recommended to use the built-in reporting functionality on the platform. You can find the Flag icon or link on the content's page you wish to report, such as below videos or comments. It's not necessary to have a BitChute account to create a report ticket.
Caregivers should be aware of BitChute's policy on prohibited content, which encompasses the following:
Content that depicts or endorses abhorrent violence, animal cruelty, child abuse or endangerment, harassment, harmful activities, incitement to hatred, sexually explicit content, terrorism, violent extremism, and threats or incitement to violence is strictly forbidden.
Some material may be allowed based on context and intent, such as for press freedom, political discourse, satire, parody, humour, fiction, religious, historical, or educational purposes. However, certain activities like doxxing and child sexual abuse materials are not exempt and will result in enforcement actions.
BitChute's content sensitivity levels are as follows:
Normal: The standard level, appropriate for the majority of content, similar to the '12' rating assigned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
Not Safe For Work (NSFW): For content not suitable for workplaces, similar to a '15' BBFC rating. It should be labeled as NSFW by the content creator.
Not Safe For Life (NSFL): More extreme than NSFW, with graphic content that may disturb viewers. Equivalent to an '18' BBFC rating.
Caregivers should stay vigilant regarding radicalisation and extremism risks on BitChute to ensure children's safety if they chose to allow their child access to such a platform. They should educate, monitor, guide, and encourage responsible online behaviour, while using available parental controls. It's important to teach children to report concerning content and set age-appropriate boundaries. Seeking professional help and staying informed about BitChute's policies and environment are also essential steps in protecting children from extremist content and ideologies on the platform.
We do not recommend that children use this platform.
For parents/ carers If you're worried about your child or need support call NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
If you discover criminal content when online then report it directly to the police or the Internet Watch Foundation.
If you're worried about online grooming or sexual behaviour online then report directly to the police or contact CEOP.
For Children & young people if they're worried or want to talk, encourage them to contact Childline Online or call 0800 1111.
Check out our Resource Centre for further information and useful online safety tips.