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 information about the app and how to keep your children safe while using it.
The majority of clips in TikTok include young people 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 also includes other additional video editing features such as slow motion or speeding up videos. What makes this app popular with young people is 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 changed to allow a user to communicate with all other TikTok users or just to friends. TikTok has a similar social media element like Instagram and Twitter, where users can follow each other 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 13 and over,
- Google Play recommends parental guidance,
- Apple’s app store recommends users to be 12 and over.
If your child is using TikTok, we recommend speaking to them about how they can use this app safely. We also suggest reading TikTok’s community guidelines, knowledge base for parents and privacy and safety sections.
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