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.