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Parent’s 8secondz Safety Guide
Hello parents! You’re on 8secondz. We invite you to cultivate and foster a positive and healthy active role in your teen’s life on the Internet. 8secondz is all about providing a platform that encourages your teens to participate in healthy competition. We value the expertise of living legends across multiple genres and each month we hand select world class legends to create competitions based on a wide variety of skill sets that your teen is developing an interest in today and for a positive future. Our living legends judge 8-second video entries and hand select two winners, or as we like to call them Heroes, and coach/mentor the Heroes for 30-mintues - a once-in-a-life-time-experience. We believe that mentoring is vital and healthy for a teenager’s growth, just like teaching your teen about Internet safety, online privacy, and the options available to them.
8secondz is an 8-second Mentor Driven Video Competition Social App for 13+. We challenge teens to Beat the Internet! 8secondz is about raw skill and content craftsmanship, positive competition and mentoring. We invite you to sign-up, create, participate, share and or vote for 8-second videos in response to competitions across multiple genres; Entertainment (Acting, Comedy, Directing, etc.) Gaming, Sport, Fashion, Art, Beauty, Dance, and Music, et al
8secondz: Runs iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Premium Competitions: Living legends (Mentors) Create, Judge and Mentor 2 x Heroes (winners)
Premium Competition Prizes: Once-in-a-lifetime experience - 2 x Heroes (winners) per competition win a 30-minute Mentoring Session with a Living Legend via Phone, Skype or Google Hangouts
Standard Competitions: Free to enter, Standard Competitions invite you to Beat the Internet and you are the Judge
Standard Competition Prizes: 2 x Heroes (winners) win Global Acclaim and Bragging Rights among Family and Friends plus, Heroes will be promoted across all 8secondz media channels
Living Legends/Mentors - Mentors In-App Profile Page educates teens on who they could be when they grow up! Some areas teens can learn from their mentoring session: mentors can make more of your strengths and your hidden talents, advice on next steps in your career, critique of portfolio, a possible source of referrals, friendship, encouragement, intellectual stimulation and identifying new goals and gain a role model.
Life is Great!   
Competition Length - 1-month for both Standard & Premium Competitions
Voting - Post content and or vote for the best content in an effort to determine the Hero (winner)  
Judging Criteria - 8-second videos are judged on Raw Skill and Content Craftsmanship by the users and or the Living Legend
Premium Editing Tools - Record, Toggle, Flash, Grid View, Levels, Clip, Filters, Mute & Customized Soundtracks, Brush Color, Size & Text Overlay  
Crowns –Heroes (winners) awarded Crowns 
Archive – View past Heroes, all videos Archived  
Purchase Entries - In-App Purchase System for Premium Competitions only  
Create Competitions – Write in and design your own competition and or request your favorite Living Legend to create a competition 
Social Integration - Facebook and Twitter Login
Please read: Competition Rules & Guidelines, Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy as these rules, guidelines and policies are to ensure that 8secondz maintains a happy and safe environment for all who are part of it.
Reporting Post: Teens may report abuse/inappropriate behavior by accessing More Option Icon (Ellipsis) on the top right-hand corner on user’s video entries and write into the 8secondz team. The 8secondz team will either; write to the reported user, take down the reported user’s video entry and or disable the users account.
Report User: Teens may visit a user’s profile page and report that user. A notification will be sent to the 8secondz team to action. The 8secondz team does advise for teens to report users in the More Option Icon and write a detailed complaint so that the 8secondz team can action and investigate more thoroughly.
Block User: Under Settings on users’ profile page, users may block other users for inappropriate behavior.
Personal information: The 8secondz team advises teens to be vigilant about sharing any personally identifiable information like; age, full name, phone numbers, family and relatives home addresses, financial, location of school and college and or medical information.
Protect passwords: A strong and unique password is advised to be kept confidential and not stored on any handheld device.
Deleting Account: You can ask to have your child’s account deleted by sending the 8secondz team an email at
Device-level controls: Android and iOS operating systems offer parental controls for mobile devices. Use these to actively manage your Teens phone usage.
Conduct: The 8secondz platform can be accessed from all around the world. Our community is therefore made of people from different cultures, regions and races. We will not tolerate disrespectful conduct of any kind towards anyone on our platform. Please encourage your children to talk to you or any other trusted adult openly if they are being either bullied and or feel threatened.
Nudity: 8secondz community need to know that exchanging nude or sexually explicit images of anyone of any age, including themselves, can be a serious crime.
Date of birth is required to sign-up because users must be 13 years of age or older to enter competitions. Please do not allow your child under the age of 13 to use our app. If you do learn that your child is using the 8secondz App please contact the 8secondz team at and we will promptly remove his/her account from the platform.
The 8secondz team encourages parents to use the parental controls available on the Apple App Store to either block and or limit apps that are age and or inappropriate.
8secondz will do everything within its reasonable authority and power to rectify and resolve all matters on our services. However, we are not under any circumstances responsible or accountable, for user content. If you are not satisfied with the support team resolution please discontinue using our app and report the matter to the relevant authorities.
8secondz maintains and happy and safe environment for all people. We want the best for all teens however if your child is feeling they need help, we have included some addition resources for you and your child to contact in both Australia and the US;
Contact a crisis hotline or chat service. Crisis hotlines allow you to remain anonymous, and may refer you to a local adviser near you for more help. In the US, you can call and or chat to the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or chat on And in Australia you can chat or call Lifeline Australia or 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 and or the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or
OR in the US you can visit The Trevor Project is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth, available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 and in Australia
OR you can contact a victim advocate or social worker in the US and Australia, there are victim advocates in police stations, domestic violence prevention centers, rape crisis centers, sheriff’s offices, police station. You can also call in the US the National Organization for Victim Assistance at 1-800-TRY-NOVA and in Australia email Victim Support Australia Inc. on
Education links on online safety and anti-bullying resources:
Online Safety Resources for Teens
Ten Tips for Teens on Preventing Cyberbulling
Internet Safety Tips for Children and Teens
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation