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Smule

Smule is an app that lets you record and upload your own karaoke versions of popular songs. You can do this by yourself or join other users. You can also livestream your singing and connect with other users in real-time to record together.

13+

Official age rating

Kids use this to...

Play

Create

Learn

Connect

Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for Smule

Poor

Smule isn’t moderated so your child could come across images, videos or comments they might find upsetting. There’s also no way to turn off the chat function so they could be contacted by someone they don’t know.

Safety features

Smule doesn’t have any information for parents or carers on the app or official site.

The terms and conditions state that you have to be 13+ to use the app but you’re not asked to verify your age.

Smule does have Community Guidelines but these are quite vague and haven’t been updated since 2018.

The app has an in-app purchase function that encourages you to buy gifts for other users.

Privacy & location

Before you publish a recording of a song, you can choose whether to share it publicly or privately. A private video can only be shared with people you choose to share it with.

The app does have a chat function and there is no way to restrict who can contact you.

Reporting & blocking

You can block and report other users directly in the app by selecting the three dots on their profile. 

However, parents and carers should be aware that users are only blocked from messaging you directly and they still appear in group chats.

Content

As the content shared on the app is not moderated your child might still come across video, images or messages they find upsetting.

O2 Guru top tip

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On Smule blocking

Show your child how they can block a user in the settings if they’re receiving unwelcome messages or they can report them by 'flagging' their profile.

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Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.

You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.

You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

Your recordings on Smule are automatically set to public, meaning other users can easily search, comment on and share the content you’ve created.  

Explore the privacy settings with your child. For information on how to make your recordings private, you can visit the Smule website.   

Your child might see something upsetting or negative on Smule, especially as they can interact with people they don’t know. If this happens, they might want to report content or block another user. 

Smule has guidance on how to block and report another user 

Remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about worrying things they see online. 

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Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

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