Tech and the internet are two wonderful things. When these two collide (with a little bit of creativity thrown in the mix), there is no limit to the number of amazing things that can be brought to life. For the most part, these creations are brought to life with good intentions. When used well, they can bring a world of good full of entertainment, education, productivity and whole lot more. But, undesirable elements can creep into the mix and wreak havoc!
The kids of today are exposed to tech and connectedness right from the get go and it doesn’t take long before they too need to get a daily fix. They end up with iPads/tablets or smartphones (in some cases both) from a very early age. These devices are great tools for entertaining and educating.
And then there comes a point in time where there are the constant requests to download this app and that app. A number of the requests are for social networking apps with that list being endless! The want and need for these apps is very driven by their friends who are on them and interacting with each other.
As a parent it is very easy to give into the requests especially when you are constantly hearing about friend A, B and C using the app. Sometimes, we give in without doing any due diligence to find out what the apps are all about, their appropriateness and potential safety concerns.
One app that seems to be quite popular with kids at the moment is musical.ly. But, there have been warnings put out via various channels warning parents on the potential dangers of using the app. These include exposing children to content that they may be too young to understand such as suicide, pornography and other graphic content. And of course not to mention, the possible presence of predators looking to target and groom children for unspeakable purposes.
Without going into too much detail on what dangers may lay in wait, you as a parent may have come to the conclusion that musical.ly is not suitable for your child (or children). Filled with this conviction, you decide for them to delete the app and their account.
But, what you will notice when you search through the app settings is that there is no option to delete a user account. That’s because, musical.ly doesn’t have that option at the moment.
How to delete a musical.ly account
To delete my child’s account, I had to take a round about method which involved submitting a ticket via their support system and requesting they delete the account. Even within their support system, there isn’t an option to ask for account deletion just for the sake of it.
Anyhow, the first message I sent requesting account deletion included the account details and a brief outline on the reasons for the request. They responded within 24 hours asking for the following:
Please provide us with the following information:
* Full name of child
* Username (found in the profile page, under the profile picture, displayed as “@xxxxxx”)
After providing them with this information, the account was deleted within 24 hours and they sent a notification to that effect.
I did ask what other parents in a similar situation should do to delete their children’s accounts. Their response was, all that you need to do to get an account deleted is send an email through to support @ musical.ly.
I hope this helps in keeping your kids safe online.