Playground for Predators
My 8-year-old daughter created this account on my phone without my knowledge. When I found out, I should have gone with my first instinct to delete, but I felt bad as her videos were funny and creative. It worried me that you couldn't make the content private, but I restricted messages, followers and comments, and it didn't seem like anyone was trying to reach out anyway.
I realized this summer that my daughter went in herself an easily enabled messages and comments. She was approached by quite a few adults posing as teens or tween girls. I was shocked by what I uncovered. While she blocked and was rude to those she thought could be men or older boys, she actually would have conversations with those she thought were kids, not thinking it odd that they kept telling her how beautiful, sexy and hot she was and asking for naked pictures. She also told them the city she lives in and shared pictures of herself and her brother.
She received one naked picture supposedly from a 10-year-old lesbian who wanted them to share "private parts." My daughter was oblivious to most of it and didn't even understand the sexual questions they were asking--she was drawn in because many of these predators had so many followers, and she was flattered they liked her videos and told her she was pretty, so she kept trying to get them to share her videos with their followers.
We are shutting this down and getting her friends to close their accounts as well (many of the predators would ask for pictures of her friends and try to have her connect them).
It's too bad that you can't make a private account and that parents can't child proof the settings by requiring a code to change them as the videos are easy to make and entertaining. My daughter wasn't old enough to create this account, but she was easily able to circumvent, and even for those old enough by their terms, more privacy and control settings are necessary.
This app truly seems full of predators and should be avoided by all children and teens. I think Common Sense Media should amend their review to reflect the serious safety issues others have also mentioned.
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