musical.ly - your video social network
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
MUSICAL.LY - YOUR VIDEO SOCIAL NETWORK is a lively social network built around creating, sharing, and searching for user-created music videos called "musicals." "Musers" -- as enthusiastic users of the site call themselves -- can upload videos of themselves singing, lip-synching, or dancing. Some also use it to post short videos that don't involve music at all. Ongoing challenges spur users to create content related to a particular theme (such as the "Don't Judge Challenge"), and they can use a "Duet" feature to create a video that features their own video integrated with another muser's submission. Once musers submit videos, they can choose to keep their videos private or share them publicly. If you do share your video, you can expect to have it viewed, commented upon, or remixed by other users. Musers can access and remix some professional musicians' work, too; keep in mind that accessing those pages will likely result in kids being marketed to directly by those artists. As of 2017, the app has other content kids can watch and then respond to by making their own content; if they use particular hashtags, their videos get linked to the shows. Kids who use musical.ly often use live.ly as well, and it's easy to jump between the apps.
Is it any good?
The idea behind this musical social network is great, but the features are sometimes buggy, and teens should adjust the privacy settings before using. With cool features for searching for content, sharing your own videos, and remixing work from other musers, there's terrific potential in musical.ly - your video social network for an exciting, creative space for making music. That being said, because it's all about popular music, there's lots of swearing and sexual references, and many parents have reported that kids have come across explicit sexual content. Other parents report self-harm content. Also, keep an eye out for privacy and safety concerns with this one: Make sure kids understand the settings and know whether they're sharing only with friends or the general public. Overall, for older teens who are more developmentally able to deal with the mature content in the app, it can be a fun diversion -- if they don't get too caught up in the idea of getting famous. For younger kids, however, there's a good chance that they'll see mature content of some kind and potentially feel pushed to act older to be like their favorite musers. If parents decide to let their kids use this app, they will likely want to establish some limits ahead of time, set the account to private, and talk about what to do if they see something upsetting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about family rules for privacy and social networks. Talk about when it's OK to share information and what kind of information should be kept private. What are your rules around your kid using musical.ly - your video social network? Can your kid share videos publicly or only with friends?
Before downloading, discuss your family's rules around profanity and sexual references in music. What are your teens allowed to listen to? What kinds of videos can they post?
Talk about songs that might be fun to lip-synch to and how you can get creative with that 15-second time limit for videos. Think about what kinds of movements or dance might work well within that time frame.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 14, 2016
- Category: Social Networking
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 62.90 MB
- Publisher: musical.ly inc.
- Version: 4.6.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Andoid 4.1 and up
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