Lets have the best time streaming safely
So, you’re thinking of setting up a fundraising stream to help make a difference to the lives of young people? That’s fantastic!
We want you to have the best time streaming so we compiled a list of things you should be doing to keep both yourself and your community safe.
If you need more information on how to get set up, check out our page on ‘How to take part’ which talks about signing up to Tiltify, setting up your PC, and more.
Tips and tricks to staying safe
We are delighted that Fionna, a highly experienced community moderator and content creator on Twitch, has shared her tips and tricks on staying safe whilst streaming. In the last five years, she has successfully created, grown, and cultivated several fun communities, and so has lots of experience ensuring people’s safety online.
Don’t share personal information
…For the same reason you wouldn’t want to shout out your personal tax ID number, National Insurance number or social security number.
Personal information includes your full name, address, phone number and personal photos. People can use these to get hold of other personal information, such as your bank account details, so keep that information hidden.
Encourage your audience to take the same precautions and keep their personal information to themselves.
Set-up two-factor authentication
Make sure you set up two-factor authentication for all of your social media sites, like Twitter, Discord, Steam, and Twitch accounts.
Two-factor authentication is where you log into your account with a password and another unique piece of information – like a secret phrase.
Each platform has its own approach to setting up this kind of authentication, but it’ll usually pretty simple to find, look for the security and privacy options and follow the instructions.
Moderate your channel
It’s good to set up moderation on your channel, to pick up on any unpleasant or abusive behaviour. You can do this in a few ways.
One simple way is to have a friend present. Having a second pair of eyes on your channel is always a good thing, as they’ll be able to pay more attention to the chat and can help remove people if needs be.
For extra support – or if you don’t have a friend to help you out – you can set up a bot to do your moderation for you. Using these bots, you can set up a list of banned words – for example, hateful language, racial slurs, homophobic or transphobic speech – that you don’t want to be spoken in your chat. StreamElements, Streamlabs, and NightBot are moderation bots that are all easy to use and easy to connect to your channel through OBS. Check out the video from Baron on our ‘How to take part’ page to find out how.
Finally, remember you can reach out to our team on our Discord channel, who you can ask for support if you or someone in your audience is having trouble or feels unsafe.
Don’t try to do a marathon
Don’t just try and do a 12-hour stream right off the bat. Longer streams take a lot out of you – even though you are just sitting, playing a game and talking. Fionna generally recommends four-hour shows or less when you’re starting out.
Consistency will help grow your channel as well. If you enjoy doing a shorter stream, you can always #GameItForward again and again.
Keep engaging, but also remember to breathe!
When you are streaming live, it’s important to talk to your audience, even if they aren’t there yet. Don’t worry too much about the numbers. People may watch the stream later or pop in for just a few seconds. Authenticity is key. There is no rush to say everything at once and no pressure to be anything but yourself.
It can help if you pick a game that has a style and flow that gives you time to talk about what is going on, and importantly your choices; rather than a game that requires reading a lot of text or where you can’t relax because of the need to focus on play.
Give yourself time to breathe. You’ll be surprised how many streamers are naturally introverted and find they ‘come out of their shells’ while streaming!
It’s ok to ban Trolls!
Everyone experiences trolls and unwanted people in chat. This is why having your bot set up ahead of time will be helpful. Set up a list of banned words, add any word you do not want to be said in your chat, these words are going to be words that are considered hateful, racial slurs, homophobic/transphobic, etc. The best way to handle someone coming in to cause trouble is to just ban them, don’t try to reason with them or let them get under your skin, that’s why they have shown up. Ban and be done!
Remember it’s not just young people who experience harassment and bullying; as Adults, you too can be vulnerable, so take care of yourself!
With all this in mind, it’s important not to lose sight of your ultimate goal – having fun.
A great way to do this is to come up with milestones – key fundraising goals which you’ll mark with an activity. Try something silly, like ‘every £5 donation and I’ll put one of these stickers on my face’ or something engagement-based, like ‘when we reach £250 we’ll play community games for an hour’. Fionna did a fundraising stream last year where for every £10 she would play ‘candy roulette’ with a bowl of regular sweets mixed with extremely sour ones. She makes the best face when eating sour sweets, so it was hilarious for her audience and she got a lot of hits that day.