Parents may approve an app for their teen then find out 6 months later it is filled with new features. After writing What Parents Need to Know about Musical.ly, Musical.ly added Direct.ly (direct messaging) and Live.ly (live streaming). Recently, a parent sent a question to AskKidsPrivacy about direct messaging on Musical.ly.
Q: What is Direct.ly? Is it part of Musical.ly or a separate app?
A: When Musical.ly first launched, it did not allow teens to private message each other within the app. This has changed with the introduction of Direct.ly. Direct.ly is built-in direct messaging for Musical.ly.
Direct.ly allows kids on Musical.ly to send each other direct messages. Anyone on musical.ly can send a message by clicking on the arrow next to the “Follow” button on their profile.
Unfortunately, not all users are “chatting with love.” A quick search for Direct.ly on Twitter reveals messages like this.
On Musical.ly, the default is any user can send anyone a message.This is true even if their account is private. If they want to limit who can send them a message to only approved followers, teens need to change their settings.
Parents and kids should turn on “only friends can direct.ly me.” They can change this setting even if their account is public.
Watch out for Live.ly! Live.ly is a live streaming app from musical.ly. Like YouNow, teens can broadcast what they are doing in real-time. Currently, this app is available only for iOS but should be available soon for Android.