About TikTok in a minute
TikTok is a social media app where users can record and upload short video clips. In August 2018, TikTok merged with Musical.ly, meaning all users with Musical.ly accounts were moved to TikTok. We’ve pulled together some info regarding the app and how to keep your kids safe while using it.
The majority of clips in TikTok include teens lip syncing and dancing to songs or comedy sketches (skits). Users can watch clips posted by other members, and can set their videos to be viewed publicly to other users or privately to friends (also known as followers).
Like Snapchat, TikTok has filters where users can record their videos. It conjointly includes other additional video editing options like slow motion or speeding up videos. What makes this app popular with teens is that the collaborative element where TikTok users can reply to one another and do joint videos on a split screen or participate in user created challenges.
TikTok users can send messages to each other within the app; privacy settings for this can be modified to permit a user to communicate with all other TikTok users or simply to friends. TikTok features a similar social media element like Instagram and Twitter, where users can follow one another and like content.
Is TikTok appropriate for my child?
As there isn’t one single body that agrees age ratings for apps, there are various age recommendations for TikTok;
TikTok state that users have to be aged thirteen and over, Google Play recommends parental guidance, Apple’s app store recommends users to be twelve and over.
If your kid is using TikTok, we suggest talking to them regarding how they can use this app safely. We conjointly suggest reading TikTok’s community guidelines, knowledge base for parents and privacy and safety sections.