Musical.ly and Live.ly APPS Warning
These APPS are rated Age 13+ but are rated Age 16/17+ by Common Sense Media
We need to warn parents about video chat phone app Live.ly, after a man performs sexual act in front of primary school pupils in Leeds.
A notice to parents explained: “While the app is only supposed to access contacts on the user’s phone, it appears that quite quickly, friends of friends of friends are able to join the group chat whom your child does not know at all. “It is therefore an unsafe app for children to use, as it risks either an incident such as happened yesterday, or opportunities for your child to be groomed online and therefore at risk of sexual exploitation.”
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Warnings about Live.ly from Common Sense Media
“As with all live-streaming services, this one carries all the risks of broadcasting and viewing iffy content, and its one nod to safety is to warn its users not to give out personal information as each stream opens. It’s an app entering a crowded market, but it seems to have legs because of its affiliation with musical.ly. As with all the others, kids much younger than 13 broadcast regularly, and most streams feature bored kids in their homes either on their phones, eating, goofing around with friends, or just responding to comments. During the time of review, no one was showcasing a talent or doing more than minimally interacting with viewers, though one had kids responding to dares posed by commenters. Yet, each stream seemed to have a substantial audience from 60 to 300 people. The main draw seems to be the immediate connection, real-time feedback, and followers/likes. Kids also give out their Snapchat handles and phone numbers to viewers, so strangers often get another means to connect with the broadcaster. Though the streams themselves seem mostly innocuous, live streaming poses real risks for kids in terms of privacy and safety, and it’s also a way to connect with people whom some families might not want connecting with their kids.” (Taken from Common Sense Media)
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