Twitch is a live streaming platform mostly used for streaming video games online. If you play games or have anyone who plays games in your house, we are pretty sure you have come across this platform or have at the very least heard of it.
Most of the times, Twitch is used by various gaming streamers to live stream their gaming sessions and providing some commentary while playing the game. This can be entertaining for many and these streamers gain lots and lots of viewers on their streams.
Many people are making a living out of streaming games on Twitch. You want to know how? Because, being subscribers to someone’s channel can pay their favorite streamers to support them.
Twitch streams are very personal and pretty much always live, which is why censoring and policing is less prevalent in this platform.
Twitch being mostly for adults, has very less restrictions and protection from mature content. Which is why, it has a fixed age limit for people to be able to sign up for Twitch.
Many people ask this question “how old do you have to be to stream on Twitch?” Mostly the people who don’t meet the age requirements. While the age limit is rather low, you barely get any parental guidance options on twitch.
In this article we will be not only answering the question of how old you need to be to stream on twitch, but also provide you with a few solutions for controlling and minimizing exposure to mature content to your underage children (who are however, old enough to sign up). So if you want to know more about this, continue reading this article.
How old do you need to be to stream on Twitch?
There is a certain age limit set by Twitch to prevent underage people from streaming or even watching streams on Twitch. However, in our opinion, the age limit is kind of pathetic. The kind of content you will find on Twitch should not be viewed by kids of that age.
Without stretching it any further, let us tell you exactly how old you need to be to stream on Twitch. Well, you are not going to like the answer, but the age limit set by Twitch for its streamers is only 13 years. Unbelievable isn’t it?
With all the mature content available on Twitch, and with almost zero censoring options, it is hard to prevent exposure to adult content from your 13 year old. If they’re on Twitch and are watching a live stream of a gamer playing a video game, they are sure to hear one or two swear words, and you can do absolutely nothing about it.
If you are a 13 year old reading this article, this might be a good day for you, as you are legally allowed to stream and view streams on Twitch. Twitch was generous enough to allow anyone over 13 years of age to stream on their platform and this opens the door for you to create content/ play games and stream that on Twitch.
However, it is pretty much a nightmare as a parent, because you would be paranoid about the kind of content your kids are being exposed to. But don’t worry all that much, we are going to explain how you can minimize the risks.
What you can do as parent
While Twitch does offer parental controls for kids between the ages of 13 to 18, it is pretty much useless as any teenager can bypass such conditions with ease in the present day and age.
However, if you are vigilant enough to know that Twitch does indeed provide parental controls, you can monitor your kid’s activities and lookout for any sort of exposure to adult content. But you can only do so much.
One thing that you can do is, block certain channels that you know are sure to use bad language or show adult content on their streams. There are many official channels that stream censored content and don’t allow the use of bad words in the chatrooms. Allow your children to view only those.
Besides this, another thing that will relieve you from this worry is that there are various moderators in certain channels who are monitoring and censoring or deleting negative or vulgar comments almost instantly so the chatroom and in turn, the stream remains more friendly and less violent.
While this one will sound very “parent like”, but if you are worried your children might be exposed to mature content because they are watching Twitch streams while being too young, block the site entirely and don’t allow them to watch Twitch streams at all.
But we won’t really advise that because it’s 2020 and you should give your children some freedom and teach them to know what kind of content to avoid.
The bottom line is that Twitch did a terrible job at setting the age limit at so low when even the authorities know that kids might come across vulgar and mature content that they shouldn’t otherwise see.
But it is what it is, and there is not much we can do about it. For the 13 year olds out there, possibly avoid watching streams where the streamers swear too much or play adult games.
And as for the parents, pay attention to what your kids are watching. Not only that, but monitor their streaming as well. Possibly become a moderator and make sure to censor anything negative that you think might affect your children.
We hope this article was able to provide enough information about the age limit for streaming on Twitch and also possible solutions to prevent exposure to mature content. We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Have a nice day!