TikTok for parents
On this page you’ll find info and resources to help you understand TikTok and the way to help your teenager have the best experience with the app and community.
More generally, we encourage you to take an active role in your teenager’s online experience overall. Begin the conversation early concerning internet safety, online privacy, and also the options available to them. Your guidance is invaluable!
TikTok is a destination for short-form mobile videos. Our mission is to capture and present the world’s creative thinking, knowledge, and precious life moments, directly from the mobile phone. TikTok allows everybody to be a creator, and encourages users to share their passion and creative expression through their videos.
Who is TikTok meant for?
TikTok is meant for users age thirteen and over. Please don’t permit a child under the age of thirteen to use the app.
Can I prevent my child from downloading TikTok?
We encourage you to manage your teen’s internet use, as well as any apps they may download. Both iOS and android provide parental controls that allow you block or limit specific apps, features, movies, music, and more at the device level.
Because TikTok is for users thirteen and over, we’ve given it a strict 12+ app store rating. This permits you to use these device-parental controls to easily block our apps from your underage child’s phone. Please see the Apple App Store or Google Play Store instructions for more on parental controls (or “restrictions”) and the way to enable them.
How can my child control who sees their videos and sends them messages?
You can control who can see their uploaded content, follow them, and send them messages by making their account non-public. With a private account, users can approve or deny followers and restrict their uploaded content and incoming messages to followers only.
If a user has a public profile, anyone signed into the TikTok app can view that user’s public videos. However, solely approved people can send that user a message.
Whether users choose to have a public or a private account, they can always:
block another from contacting them at any time save a video privately so content won’t be visible by the other user.
Please remember: Even with a private account, profile info – as well as profile photo, username, and bio – are visible to all users. Counsel your child not to reveal personal info like age, address, or telephone number in his/her profile.
How can my child report inappropriate content or behavior?
you or your young see something that
might violate our Terms of Service, please report it to moderation team that can take appropriate action. You can report a selected video, user, or comment right within the app itself.
Furthermore, your young can block another user from being able to view their content or send them messages.
Additional resources for you and your family
When helping your child to navigate their internet experience, we suggest consulting the following information made specifically for parents:
safety resources like anti-bullying centers may be helpful. As an example, in the US, StopBullying.gov provides tips on the way
to recognize warning signs and begin a conversation with your child.
There are a number of resources available for you and your child to find support in a tough time. For example, in the US, crisis hotlines like the National Suicide prevention Lifeline are available 24/7.