We are more and more being made aware of videos that children in our school are producing using TikTok. So if we can see them, then so can anyone…many are harmless and they are actually just miming music videos, but some of them are not so harmless.
TikTok is a social video app that allows users to share short videos, that they can feature in themselves.
The app which features stickers, filters and augmented reality was the world’s fourth most downloaded app in 2018 beating Instagram and Snapchat. TikTok is in effect the replacement for Musical.ly and this app seems to have developed a big following in the last few weeks. It is not “more dangerous” than some other apps, but to help keep our children safe it would be wise to draw your attention to current advice.
Parents are advised – as with other apps to help their child review their privacy settings and to be aware that: “Even with a private account, profile information – including profile photo, username, and bio – will be visible to all users.
If privacy settings are not set properly then your child’s video’s can be shared by anyone to anyone! Counsel your child not to reveal personal information such as age, address, or phone number in his/her profile.”
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