The BBC has launched Own It, a website for 9-12 year olds to help develop the confidence and resilience to tackle the everyday challenges they face online.
Play, Like Share site is easily accessed here
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW:
Race to the Bottom– musical.ly is still fairly new (released in2015), but already seems to be following a predictable social media trend, which we elaborate on in a recent blog post,“Musical.ly Warning”.
Porn Can be Found– Like other social media, Musical.ly allows users to upload their own content.Because of this, the nature of the content always eventually gives way to an abundance of pornographicmaterial(just like with Vine, Twitter, and Instagram).
Too Many Youngsters– But, there’s a disturbing nature to this trend that is unique to Musical.ly. Due to the young age of users (upper elementary school and early middle school), younger and younger kids are at risk being exposed to inappropriate content and as a result, younger and younger kids seem to be actively participating in creating it. We elaborate more on this in our parent warning blog post.
Hashtags– Musical.ly allows users to use hashtags to categorize videos. Musical.ly does have certain inappropriate words prohibited in the tag search, i.e., you can’t search for “sex”.
Some Parental Controls– Similar to Instagram, users can set their profile to “private” in the settings, which allows them to approve those people he/she allows to see their created videos. There is also a block list and “musers” can report inappropriate profiles (although we’re not sure how reliable Musical.ly is at taking action).
Please find below some CEOP leaflets relating to on line issues which may be of use to parents/carers.
Parent Info is a collaboration between The Parent Zone and CEOP, a command of the National Crime Agency.
The parent zone help families deal with the many difficulties that are thrown up by the pace of technological change, providing them with the knowledge to make the most of the digital age, creatively and confidently