This social network app is from the creators of Musical.ly. As Musical.ly officially went offline in late 2018, TikTok (called Douyin in China) has brought its place providing the user the opportunity to watch musical clips, create short clips up to 60 seconds and add effects to them.
All of the content which had been hosted on Musical.ly is currently on TikTok. So if your child enjoyed a Musical.ly account they will now have the ability to access this content on TikTok.
What is TikTok? It’s a social media marketing app that provides users the chance to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or even the entire world. Like Twitter-owned Vine and Musical.ly before it, videos shared range from funny sketches to lip-sync videos featuring special effects. Currently, the app comes in 34 languages with 150 million active users. Like Musical.ly before it, it really is most widely used with under 16s.
How does TikTok work? When you download the app, you can instantly see the videos that others have posted on the channel but they are not able to share or post anything until you have set your own account.
How you can create your account – Click on the ‘person’ icon and you also can elect to sign with a message, phone or existing Google, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. After you have selected a choice, you happen to be then asked to enter your date of birth if is below age of 13, the app displays these message: “Sorry, looks like you’re not eligible for This. But thanks for checking us out!”
Your feed highlights what is happening in your community along with a separate ‘For you’ feed shows tailored recommendation for you. Additionally there is a digital wellbeing element which alerts users who may have been on the app for more than 2 hours
Why do teens love the TikTok? It is a method to express themselves and make short-form video clips to achieve a following and make a community around their passions. In addition, it features some terrific effects that users can apply to their videos to make them more unique. You can also cross-post the content on other platforms to share it with more people.
Parents have expressed concern round the inappropriate language of a number of the video posted which may get this less ideal for youngsters. Also a number of the hashtags created by users may point to inappropriate content that may encourage some to self-harm. The platform’s community guidelines prohibit this type of content, so if found or reported it really is blocked or taken down. Additionally there is an active effort from TikTok app moderators to proactively try to find trends of hashtags that may highlight content that is prohibited on the platform to adopt it down promptly.
What should parents be worried about? When you download the app users can see all the content without creating your account although they are not capable of post, like or share anything until they’ve set up an account on the app. You can set increase your account by making use of your overall Google, Facebook, Instagram account, via email or phone.
If you put an age which is below the age of 13 you might be blocked from attempting to register again. By default all accounts are public so anyone on the app can see what your kids shares. However, only approved followers can send them messages. Users can like or react to a video, follow an account or send messages to each other. There is the risk that strangers will be able to directly contact children on the app.
Does TikTok have safety measures? Like Facebook and Instagram, it has a digital wellbeing element (which can be password protected) which alerts users that have been on the app for over two hours. You can also switch on ‘restricted mode’ to filter out inappropriate content on the app.
Also, you can set a free account to get private to ensure that all videos can just be seen by the creator and nobody else on the platform. Having a private account, you can approve or deny users and limit incoming messages to followers only.
Please note that even using a private account, your child’s profile photo, username, and bio are still visible to any or all users on the platform. There are two privacy settings for your messenger feature – OFF or FRIENDS – which suggests users cannot start messaging another user unless they may be mutually following each other on the platform. Also, you are unable to send photographs btrwfg videos with the messenger feature to improve safety. You can manage who can comment, duet and direct message your kids on the app.