This social network application is from the creators of Musical.ly. As Musical.ly officially went offline in late 2018, TikTok (referred to as Douyin in China) is taking its place providing 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 is now on TikTok. So if your little one had a Musical.ly account they are going to now be able to access this content on TikTok.
What is TikTok? It’s a social media marketing app that gives users the chance to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or 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 is available 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? Once you download the app, you can instantly see the videos that others have posted on the channel but are unable to share or post anything till you have set up your own account.
How to create an account – Click on the ‘person’ icon and also you can decide to sign on top of a message, phone or existing Google, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. Once you have selected a choice, you might be then required to enter your date of birth if is below age 13, the app displays the subsequent message: “Sorry, looks like you’re not qualified to receive Discover More. But thank you for checking us out!”
Your feed highlights what is happening in your neighborhood along with a separate ‘For you’ feed shows tailored recommendation for you personally. Additionally there is a digital wellbeing element which alerts users that have been on the app for over two hours
Why do teens love the TikTok? It is a way to express themselves and produce short-form video clips to achieve a following and build a community around their passions. Additionally, it features some great special effects that users can affect 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 around the inappropriate language of some of the video posted which may make this less suitable for younger kids. Also a number of the hashtags developed by users may point to inappropriate content that may encourage some to self-harm. The platform’s community guidelines prohibit this kind of content, therefore if found or reported it is actually blocked or taken down. Addititionally there is an active effort from TikTok app moderators to proactively search for trends of hashtags that may highlight content that is prohibited on the platform to take it down promptly.
What should parents be concerned about? Whenever you download the app users can see each of 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 using your existing Google, Facebook, Instagram account, via email or phone.
In the event you put an age that is certainly below age of 13 you happen to be blocked from trying to register again. By default 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. There is a risk that strangers will be able to directly contact children on the app.
Does TikTok possess safety features? Like Facebook and Instagram, it features a digital wellbeing element (that is password protected) which alerts users who may have been on the app for over 2 hours. You can also activate ‘restricted mode’ to remove inappropriate content on the app.
Also, you can set an account to become private in order that all videos can just be seen by the creator and no one 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 for all users on the platform. There are two privacy settings for that messenger feature – OFF or FRIENDS – which suggests users cannot start messaging another user unless they are mutually following the other person on the platform. Also, you happen to be not able to send photographs btrwfg videos from the messenger feature to increase safety. You can manage who can comment, duet and direct message your son or daughter on the app.