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Predators targeting kids in popular app

Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 15:13:17-04
Musical.ly is an app that allows anyone show off their skills, whether they want to dance, sing or be the next pop diva on social media.
 
But be aware, the app has become a target for online predators looking to get in contact with young kids. 
 
Mark Enzor with "Geeks 2 You" says like all other social media 'liking' and 'commenting' components come into play which is where the trouble begins for young users. 
 
"With all things considered on the internet you're sharing yourself out there for the world to communicate with and with that, it becomes dangerous. If a predator wants to communicate with you, they can because they can see your video which might make them interested in you and then they can send you a private message and comment on your video," says Enzor. 
 
There are ways for parents to make sure their child is safe by changing private features.
 
With privacy settings, Enzor says only people who follow your account can send you a message. 
 
If your child has the Musical.ly app and you would like to protect them from predators -- Go to settings, make profile private, hide your location information and only allow your child's friends to send them a message.
 
Enzor adds, the most important thing for kids accessing social media is to communicate. Tell your child about the dangers and tell them to report anything unusual.
 
"Talk to your children about their responsibility of being online and what they can do," adds Enzor.