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Live.ly - What parents need to know about Music.ly's upcoming app.

Cyber Safety Cop Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Your teen probably has a Music.ly account. Guess what, it's changing! Musical.ly is expanding beyond music videos with the launch of live.ly, its live stream platform. Users will be able to broadcast through the live.ly app, and the streams will be viewable on musical.ly.

Launched last year, musical.ly is growing fast, with about 80 million young teens using it around the globe. The app makes it easy to create music videos by allowing users to dub over their voices with songs from popular artists like Rihanna and Meghan Trainor.

Now, the app is moving beyond recorded videos with the integration of live.ly. Live streaming has become increasingly popular, with the launch of Facebook Live and the continued evolution of Twitter’s Periscope. Musical.ly is hoping it can capitalize on this trend and be a force in the live video business. This opens up the ability for your child to communicate with strangers, in realtime.

Previously, I was not too worried about this app, provided your child had a "private" account. Now you need to seriously consider if your child should have this app. Live streaming is the current trajectory of most social media marketed to teens. Snapchat will probably be next with this capability.

The video below will give you a good overview of how Music.ly works and how Live.ly will integrate with it.

At the time of this article, Live.ly is not available in the app store. It will be launched soon.

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