App Warning : Roblox and Musical.ly

We’ve recently been informed of some potential safeguarding risks with the apps Roblox and Musical.ly.

Roblox is a game available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Windows 10, Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and Amazon Fire devices. It allows users to create user generated games and share them with their friends in a virtual massively multiplayer world.
Musical.ly is a video based social network available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices that allows users to create 15 second videos and edit them with music and video effects. Many celebrities that are popular with children use the platform to promote their music.

As both are designed to centre around user generated content, some inappropriate content has been made and shared with the community.

Both also have social elements built into them that allow both public and private chats. This has created some reported instances of these two programs being used by some adults to make inappropriate contact with children.

As always we recommend you keep an open dialogue with your children about the websites and applications they use online, and if needs be ask them to no longer use it, explaining to them the potential dangers.

Both Roblox and Musical.ly have tools in order to keep their users safe.

For more information on how to report and block users in Roblox please check the help article provided by Roblox on their website. There are also instructions available on how to remove and block users on Roblox as well as information about chats modes, privacy and filtering.

Users in musical.ly can make their account private so only invited users can view their content and comment. Please check this article to find out how. There are also instructions available on how to remove unwanted followers from your account and how to block them.

If you want to know more about parental controls including how to block your children from installing applications on their devices without your prior permission, please visit www.internetmatters.org’s Interactive Parental Control Guide. These excellent step by step guides will take you through the steps needed to secure your child’s device.

2 comments

Stacey Clay

6th February, 2017 at 6:59pm

I raised concerns about musical.ly at Parents evening last week. There is a large number of children posting videos whilst wearing their school uniform and also sharing videos of my own child without her consent! I check my daughters profile regularly and have also noticed that many of her friends profiles are not private. I’m also concerned that she has recently felt pressurised to download other apps, such as Snapchat. I’ve not allowed her to use this app but she is now faced with further pressure from her friends.

Mr Kerton Moderator

8th February, 2017 at 3:09pm

The school regularly talks to the pupils about keeping their personal information personal, privacy settings and the dangers of posting images of themselves. We also remind pupils that there are age restrictions on many social media sites. I was available to all parents during parent’s evening to provide information and support. Should any parent need support regarding online safety then please come in to school and ask to speak to myself. I’m more than willing to help. We encourage all parents to ensure that devices are controlled and monitored. Sadly, we are aware that this is not always happening. We are also aware that children can feel pressured by others to access certain social media and apps. Educating our children to understand how this is wrong is part of our online safety lessons. We encourage parents to take an active role in ensuring that their children remain safe on-line once they are outside of school. Our key question to all parents is… Are you aware of what your child is doing online? If the answer is no then please come and talk to us. There are many ways we can and will help you.

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