A recent study has found that half of British children are now regularly using TikTok, with children as young as seven being discovered using the app, despite TikTok being listed as a 12+ platform. Here are Ash and Sam's top tips on what the TikTok app actually is and how we can keep our children safe whilst using it:
All you need to know about TikTok
Mature content: On the iOS store TikTok is listed as 12+. However, when signing up, it’s possible to lie about your age – meaning that many young people can see videos featuring drug and alcohol abuse, self harm, and sexual content!
Inappropriate music: TikTok revolves around creating music videos through lip-syncing and dancing. However, many of the songs that go viral involve explicit language or actions.
Online predators: Be aware that by default, any user can comment on your child’s account if it is set to public!
In-App purchases: Aside from the content, there’s also the option to purchase in-app extras called ‘TikTok coins’. Prices range from 99p for 100 coins up to £93.99 for 10,000 coins.
Ash and Sam's Tips for staying safe
Talk about Online dangers: Assuming your child is above the age limit to use the app, make sure you also take the time to talk them through some of the dangers.
Use Privacy settings: The safest way to safeguard your child on TikTok is to set their account to private.
Enable Restricted mode: In the ‘Digital Wellbeing’ section, turn on restricted mode using a PIN.
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Family Mode: TikTok Family Safety Mode allows parents to link their own account to their child’s to oversee what they get up to!
Moderate Screen Time: Restrict the time to a reasonable amount!
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