This social media app is from the creators of Musical.ly. As Musical.ly officially went offline in late 2018, TikTok (called Douyin in China) has taken its place offering the user the cabability to watch musical clips, create short clips up to 60 seconds and add effects to them.

All the content which had been hosted on Musical.ly has become on TikTok. So if your little one enjoyed a Musical.ly account they will likely now have the ability to access this content on TikTok.

What exactly is TikTok? It’s a social media app that provides users the chance to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or perhaps the entire world. Like Twitter-owned Vine and Musical.ly before it, videos shared range from funny sketches to lip-sync videos featuring effects. Currently, the app comes in 34 languages with 150 million active users. Like Musical.ly before it, it is actually most widely used with under 16s.

So how exactly does TikTok work? Once you download the app, you can instantly begin to see the videos that others have posted on the channel but they are not able to share or post anything until you have set up your own account.

How to create your account – Click on the ‘person’ icon and you can decide to sign with an email, phone or existing Google, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. Once you have selected a choice, you are then asked to enter your date of birth if is below the age of 13, the app displays the subsequent message: “Sorry, looks like you’re not qualified to receive Clicking Here. But many thanks for checking us out!”

Your feed highlights what is going on 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 that have been on the app for more than 2 hours

So why do teens love the TikTok? It really is a way to express themselves and create short-form video clips to get a following and make a community around their passions. It also features some good effects that users can affect their videos to ensure they are more unique. You can also cross-post the content on other platforms to talk about it with more people.

Parents have expressed concern around the inappropriate language of some of the video posted which may turn this less appropriate for younger children. 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, in case found or reported it is blocked or taken down. Addititionally there is an energetic effort from TikTok app moderators to proactively search for trends of hashtags that may highlight content which is prohibited on the platform to adopt it down promptly.

What should parents be concerned with? Whenever you download the app users can see all the content without creating an account although they are certainly not able to post, like or share anything until they’ve set up an account on the app. You can set 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 happen to be blocked from attempting to register again. Automatically all accounts are public so anyone on the app can see what your child 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. You have the risk that strangers will be able to directly contact children on the app.

Does TikTok have any security features? Like Facebook and Instagram, it possesses a digital wellbeing element (which is password protected) which alerts users who have been on the app for over two hours. You can also activate ‘restricted mode’ to filter out inappropriate content on the app.

Also, you can set a free account to become private to ensure that all videos can simply be seen by the creator and nobody else on the platform. With a private account, you can approve or deny users and limit incoming messages to followers only.

Please note that even having a private account, your child’s profile photo, username, and bio continue to be visible for all users on the platform. There are 2 privacy settings for the messenger feature – OFF or FRIENDS – which means users cannot start messaging another user unless they may be mutually following one another on the platform. Also, you might be unable to send photographs btrwfg videos through the messenger feature to boost safety. You can manage who can comment, duet and direct message your son or daughter on the app.

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