Online Safety 28/02/23 – Spotify

Spotify is widely used by both adults and children to enjoy playlists and music. However, according to Spotify’s terms and conditions, users should be at least 13 years old. This is due to potential issues including explicit lyrics. In January, concerns were raised following reports of a child who was contacted and coerced on the platform. The tactic used was unusual in that the predator shared empty playlists with other users and exchanged messages through editing song titles and descriptions which could therefore bypass security measures. Spotify Kids is an ad-free service specifically designed for those who are 12 and under and is available to those with a Spotify Premium Family subscription. Through this parents are able to view and manage the content that their children can listen to.