MINIMUM AGE: 13+
WHAT IS IT?
Twitch is a live streaming platform created for individuals aged 13 and above. Many children and young people have discovered that Twitch offers them new avenues for self-expression, social connections, and the opportunity to engage with vibrant communities of like-minded individuals.
Twitch Creators, also known as "Streamers" or "Broadcasters," encompass a diverse range of interests and talents. Every day, you can find Streamers engaged in activities such as gaming, art creation, cooking, hosting talk shows, and much more.
While not everyone on Twitch is a streamer, in fact, most users are not. Many people join Twitch to watch and interact with each other and their favourite streamers through chat features. Twitch can be accessed through various platforms, including web browsers, mobile devices, and some game consoles. It is free to use, and you can enjoy Twitch content whether or not you have a registered Twitch account.
WHAT WE SAY:
Treat with caution.
For those aged 13+, but discuss safety tips with children.
Twitch has recently implemented new labelling features to categorize streams as mature content. Streamers now have the ability to apply specific tags to their own content, replacing the previous Mature Content toggle. This update reflects Twitch's dedication to enhancing community safety and providing more detailed classification options.
Twitch follows a subscription revenue sharing model where most content creators receive a 50-50 split. However, a select few streamers have a higher share of 70 percent, although Twitch has clarified that this arrangement cannot be extended to all users on the platform.
In contrast, Kick offers a much more generous revenue split for creators. They receive 95 percent of the subscription income and keep 100 percent of the tips they receive from their audience. This demonstrates Kick's commitment to providing a higher percentage of revenue to its content creators. This is one of the main reasons that users are switching to Kick.
SAFETY TIPS TO CONSIDER:
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.