What is Tik Tok
Tik Tok is a video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. The app was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in markets outside of China.
For safety purposes, while in the TikTok app and from your child’s profile, you’ll see three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Clicking on those dots will take you to the ‘Privacy and settings’ section of the app.
Keep in mind that your child may open the app and change these settings at any time, which is why it’s important for you to also view the ‘Digital Wellbeing’ section of the ‘Privacy and settings’ screen, This offers a passcode-enabled screen time management system, as well as a restricted mode to limit the appearance of inappropriate content.
It’s also important to remember that the app is meant for kids who are 13 or older.
Check that your child’s TikTok account has been set up using the correct data of birth, Some children might set their account up with a fake age, to appear older than they are, and this makes it more likely that they will be exposed to content that is not suitable for them.”
My daughter has TikTok and it’s pretty enjoyable. I do make sure that she is using it safely amongst her friends from school and with interacting with others on the app. Since she’s had it, I have also downloaded it myself so that I can interact with her more and also do fun dances as a family!
I would recommend you do the same if you’ve ever wondered what the buzz is all about with Tik Tok.
I would encourage parents to have open, honest, and ongoing conversation about what’s happening in this digital space.
If your child uses Tik Tok and you have not yet sat down with them to look at it together, that would be a great first step.
It’s great to familiarize yourself with the content that your child is so eager about and keep the discussion open. I really feel like it’s created a special bond with my kids now. I’ve even learned some new dance moves!