Musical.ly is a popular app that allows you to create 15-second videos. It is especially popular among kids and teenagers. And parents are right to ask questions about this app, because it may be dangerous for their siblings.
How Musical.ly works
The user chooses snippets of popular songs and then records a video with himself singing along and dancing. Sometimes kids just skip the music and create their own funny parodies. When the recording is ready, you can add filters and effects and share your video.
You can share your video anywhere you want in order to make your fan base bigger. Musical.ly is integrated with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Vine and that’s where it encourages teenages to post their videos. The list of the online communities is not limited only by these social networks.
Actually, you can just save your video and upload it anywhere you want. All the accounts are public by default on musical.ly. So if a child posts a video, anyone can see it and follow this user.
Of course, you can select your own privacy setings and make your account private, so that only approved followers would see your videos.
Rated T for Teen
Musical.ly has r on different services. It’s T for Teen on Google Play, “+12” on iTunes and “All ages” on Amazon. According to musical.ly policies, the teens between 13 and 18 have to ask their parent’s permission to use the app.
However, it is not required to put in your birth date or age when you sign up. Most of the musical.ly users are under 18.
The songs that are available at Musical.ly are not songs for kids. These are popular dance songs and some of them have questionable content. Most children like these songs for catchy melodies and they don’t think too much of the lyrics.
It can be really disturbing to watch little kids sing and mimic the style and the move of the adult singers, especially on public account. Talk to your kids about song choices and what can be inappropriate to post in public.
Make your kid’s account private
As it has already been said above, all the accounts at musical.ly are public by default and anyone can see and follow them. However, you can make your account private. A user should go to his profile, click on the gear on the right and select settings. Then he can scroll down and select Private Account.
When such an option is selected, you have to approve every follower and only their followers will be able to see their music videos. Kids can’t make some videos public and others private, like in other social media like Twitter and Instagram.
However, even if kids set up private accounts, their profile still remain public. Other users can find their account and see such info as profile photo, username and short biography. Also they can see their fans, followers and likes.
Teach your kids about security rules and explain them why they should keep their personal info and private usernames hidden on musical.ly profile.
Report rude comments
Musical.ly users can leave comments under each other’s videos. It is not accustomed to express criticism, like on other web platforms like DevianArt.
Still it does not mean that you can’t come across mean comments. If a user receives an unpleasant comment, he can block that user and report the comment.
There are two options: Block this user and Report abuse. According to the Musical.ly policies, any rude behavior will lead to total blocking and removal of the account.
For users, there is no way to delete an account once it has been created. This feature is only coming, according to the promise on the website.
However, if your child is under 13 y.o., you can contact them directly and ask them to delete your child’s account. The privacy team is really prompt, so your kid’s personal information will soon be deleted.