This story is a month old but I’m posting it anyway because it shows a continuing and disturbing trend.
In Centreville, Utah, an 8-year-old girl was allegedly solicited for explicit pics on the music sharing app Musical.ly. Musical.ly is a social app where you can share short videos set to music. Users can also message each other through the app.
According to Centerville police, an online predator tried coercing an 8-year-old girl on the app into taking her clothes off…
At first, the person asked the young girl for a picture of her face, then asked for one of her clothed body. And later, the person asked for a picture of “her stomach a little,” according to the warrant.
The person kept asking for more pictures, revealing a little more each time until the person eventually requested nude photos. The unknown person “sent 14 consecutive messages asking (the girl) to send a picture,” the warrant states.
“Pull your pants down like I asked u to do,” and “take it off now,” were among the messages sent, the warrant states. “Its just between me and nobody will see. plzs trust me. plzs I’m crying again.”
When the girl refused the predator tried extorting the 8-year-old girl into sending explicit pics by threatening to post their conversation publicly on the app.
At the time the article was posted, no arrest had been made.
BUT WHY ARE PARENTS ALLOWING KIDS THIS YOUNG ON A SOCIAL APP BY THEMSELVES??? This isn’t our first story about this happening on Musical.ly. The past victims were 6 and 7 years old. No child this young should ever be allowed on any social app unsupervised and in reality, shouldn’t be allowed on this app at all. Musical.ly isn’t supposed to be used by anyone under the age of 13 according to their terms of service.
If you’re letting your kids use Musical.ly on their own, you’re basically opening a window for predators to come into your home.