Tag: youth

Digitally Literate #230

How You Do Everything Digitally Lit #230 – 1/25/2020 Hi all, welcome to issue #230 of Digitally Literate. This week I spent time behind the scenes working on a couple projects. Some of this includes starting to blog again for our Screentime Research Group. If you would like to get involved in that work…please send…

Digitally Literate #227

Youth Never Forget Digitally Lit #227 – 1/4/2020 Hi all, welcome to issue #227 of Digitally Literate. Welcome to 2020. I hope the new year…and the new decade treat you well. You’re more than welcome to review these materials on the website. Please subscribe if you would like this to show up in your email…

Digitally Literate #224

The Rights of the Child Digitally Lit #224 – 11/30/2019 Hi all, welcome to issue #224 of Digitally Literate, thanks for stopping by. Please subscribe if you would like this to show up in your email inbox. This week I celebrated Thanksgiving here in the U.S. with friends and family. I love to cook, and…

Digitally Literate #216

The kids will be alright?!?! Digitally Lit #216 – 9/28/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #216 of Digitally Literate. Thank you for stopping by. Please subscribe if you would like this to show up in your email inbox. Feel free to send along links, notes, and news you think…

Digitally Literate #215

Less Is MoreDigitally Lit #215 – 9/21/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #215 of Digitally Literate. Thank you for stopping by. Please subscribe if you would like this to show up in your email inbox. Feel free to send along links, notes, and news you think I should include…

What Parents Need to Know About Musical.ly

What Parents Need to Know About Musical.ly (Offspring)

A dad named Jack R. says just about every week, his 9-year-old son asks if he can use the app Musical.ly. His son’s best friend has been telling him that everyone at school has an account. After hearing the kid beg all summer, Jack finally decided to download it onto his own phone and sign up himself so that he could look into the privacy settings and “see how stranger-danger it was.” When he entered his gender (male) and birthday (he’s 32), Jack says he was bombarded with content he never expected.

Musical.ly is a social media platform that lets users make and share 15-second videos of themselves lip syncing to various sound clips, from the latest Cardi B hit to comedy bits to the voices of other users. Gary Vaynerchuk described the app as a “a mashup of Vine, Snapchat, and Dubsmash,” which is accurate. With tools such…