Everyone is sharing videos now. It's a lot of fun. But how does video sharing work, what are the risks - and if something goes wrong what do I do?
Sharing video online is a main part of many social media, apps and online services.
Videos can be shared with a limited group of users or may be publicly available for everyone to view, access and download.
People create content (usually from their mobile device) and then live stream it or upload it to a site which then can be shared to either a limited group of people or to anyone.
MOST USED VIDEO SHARING PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE
YouTube 2.2 billion
Vimeo 1.6 million
IGTV by Instagram 1.3 billion
TikTok 1 billion
Twitch 40 million
DailyMotion 300 million
These figures change all the time, and the pandemic has increased the number of users very quickly for almost all apps.
HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE?
When you are signing up most will ask you what your date of birth is. This is because there are laws around the companies and how they collect your information.
This is why most video sharing apps do not allow users who are younger than 13 (although there are now some platforms that are designed for younger users).
WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THEM?
It's great entertainment: people share lots of videos that are just plain funny.
It feels good to get loads of views and likes.
You can learn things: you can watch videos of anything from how to make things to videos about subjects you study at school.
WHAT ARE SOME DOWNSIDES?
Unauthorised sharing of your videos. Once your videos are online they can be taken by others or repurposed.
Inappropriate content. On streaming sites videos are often live and there are no filters to protect people from what they see.
Privacy. As video is often taken in your home you can inadvertently let people know your whereabouts or details about you.
Damage to your reputation. Video published online is permanently available (or easily copied) and you need to be aware that what you film now might affect your reputation later in your life.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK?
Are there age restrictions?
Who can watch my videos?
Can the people who made the app use my videos in other ways?
How do I get popular on these apps?
Is there a way for me to get help if I need it?
Are the any costs involved in using this platform?
How much of my phone data will this app use?
MORE ABOUT VIDEO SHARING APPS
TikTok is one of the most successful video sharing apps - and it's growing all the time.
But there have been lots of concerns raised about TikTok - how it uses your data, inappropriate content on the platform and the amount of time people are spending using it.
But, just like other video sharing apps, there are some great stories too and we've selected just one of them: Paige Layle, a 19-year-old woman who lives with autism used TikTok to explain the disorder in women.
It wasn’t until she stumbled upon another TikTok video that featured people making fun of those living with autism that she decided to make her educational videos. Each of the videos focuses on a particular topic about autism. Click the image to visit TikTok and play this video.
@paigelayle on TikTok
To get the most from TikTok, it's probably wise to first understand how to control who sees your videos.
TikTok has a number of settings to help you protect your privacy. You can learn about them in this video from Howfinity on YouTube.