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The internet – an inspiring and positive place !

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.

However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.

You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities.

Snapchat

13+

Minimum age according to Snapchat 13+

 

Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo, short video or message to your contacts. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for up to 10 seconds before disappearing, although it can be screenshotted. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours.

What do I need to know about Snapchat?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Snapchat. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

 

Children’s views

 

What do children and young people say to look out for:

32% of the children and young people who reviewed Snapchat thought that it can be risky. The main reasons they gave were: 

 

  • Strangers adding you
  • You can’t control what you see when you open a Snapchat from someone else
  • People can screenshot your Snapchats and then share them

 

Why young people like it:

The main things that young people told us they liked about this site were: 

 

  • It’s a fun way to communicate with friends
  • The filters you can put on your photos
  • Having streaks with friends (Snapstreaks count the number of days in a row that you and your friend have Snapchatted each other)

Musical.ly

Musical.ly is a popular app with teens and tweens that lets users make lip-syncing videos to their favorite songs.

 

Minimum Age 13+

Musical.ly is a popular app with teens and tweens that lets users make lip-syncing videos to their favorite songs.

  • This app allows students to select from millions of songs or use music from their own device
  • Create lip sync videos to your favorite songs
  • Add video effects: filter, fast motion, slow motion, time lapse, reverse, and other “time machine” effects
    Users of Musical.ly are called “musers”
  • Get likes from other “musers” and see how your music videos rank on the leaderboard
  • The “Duet” feature creates a video that features your own video integrated with another “muser’s” submission

What does Musical.ly marketing say?

  • Use hot music to make fascinating videos
  • Discover trends from around the world
  • Easily create fun and amazing videos to impress your friends
  • Anyone can be an awesome singer

What is popular on Musical.ly?

  • Lip-syncing pop songs
  • Comedy Parodies
  • Tutorials

What do parents say?

Warning….this app contains Adult Video Content!

“Warning….this app contains Adult Video Content! After watching a lot of other videos that were on there by others, the majority of them were inappropriate and had suggestive language and dancing.”

“Caution! Very fun but not for Tweens! The BIG problem is that a lot of the available music and sound bites contain all the very adult language and innuendos you hear on the radio. So when left to her own devices, I found my 10 year old lip syncing to suggestive lyrics she didn’t even understand. And dancing and gesturing the way a rock diva does- not the way I want her spending her free time.”

Why should parents care?

There is mature language and sexual content on the app.

Even though this app is relatively new and hasn’t received a lot of media attention, it is very popular with teens. There is mature language and sexual content in the songs that are popular on the app, and there is no way to filter the content. Videos can contain mature situations.

What is Musical.ly

We created this Musical.ly Parent App Guide to bring you up to speed on this popular app your student may be using

What can parents do?

  • Remind your child to keep each video Light, Bright and Polite
  • And, inappropriate online activity (even under a fake username) can harm their reputation
  • Start an open and honest dialog with your child
  • Challenge your teens to find a way to highlight their knowledge and teach others
  • Encourage your students to participate in positive challenges 

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