Musical.ly is a social network for sharing user-generated music and videos. Many children enjoy the ‘lip-sync’ element of the app as well as browsing videos created by others. Videos are generally shared between groups of friends and can be saved as private, but the other content is freely available and is not ‘policed’.
The app’s terms and conditions states that it is not to be used by children under the age of 13. The terms and conditions say that it is intended for users over the age of 18.
In addition, musical.ly links directly to another app entitled live.ly which has no safety settings and permits anybody to enter into a conversation with your child. Through this, they are at serious risk of being exposed to extremely inappropriate content and conversations.
There are current ongoing investigations with the police andCEOP into claims of grooming via this app. We consider this to be a valid threat to the safety of young people using musical.ly and would encourage parents to consider the removal of the app from their devices.
We would recommend that parents access the following links to make informed decisions regarding allowing your child to use Musical.ly and other similar sites: