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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.

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Official age rating

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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

Exploring apps, sites and games together is a great way to involve your child in the decision-making process.

Be positive about what you see, but also be open about your concerns. Ask them what they think is appropriate and what worries them.

If you decide it’s not appropriate, then make sure you explain your reasons why (and be prepared for an unhappy child).

You might decide it’s ok for your child to use. If so, make sure you follow the tips below to ensure it’s as safe as possible. And work out a time when you’ll next discuss the app.

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

You might want to start by asking:

  • What kinds of things do you share online?
  • Should we share everything?
  • What shouldn’t we share?

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You wouldn’t give your number to a stranger on the street. Is a stranger online 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 emails, names, phone numbers, school names
  • photos of themselves with strangers
  • photos of their body
  • gossip

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.

And if they feel like they can’t speak to you, tell them to talk to an adult they trust, like a teacher or Childline.

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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