Online Safety Advice: TikTok
TikTok is a video-sharing social media APP available on iOS and Android. It lets users create, share and view created videos in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. It’s main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos of themselves, lip-syncing and dancing to popular music or sound bites, which can be enhanced with filters, emojis and stickers.
TikTok has been designed with the young user in mind and has a very addictive appeal. On the iOS store, TikTok is listed as 12+ years. On the Google Play Store, it is rated as ‘Parental guidance recommended’. As children scroll through the videos, they may come across mature content, inappropriate music and in-APP purchases. There are also concerns that TikTok makes it easy to connect with other users. Due to the popularity of the APP with young users, it is also prone to online predators. For more information, please read the Parental Guidance from National Online Safety Team, available on the school website.