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) is taking its place offering the user the ability to watch musical clips, create short clips up to one minute and add special effects to them.

Each of the content which had been hosted on Musical.ly is now on TikTok. So if your kid enjoyed a Musical.ly account they will now have the ability to access this content on TikTok.

What exactly is TikTok? It’s a social media marketing app that gives users the ability 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 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 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 till you have set your own account.

How you can create an account – Click on the ‘person’ icon and also you can elect to sign with a message, phone or existing Google, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. When you have selected an alternative, you might be then asked to enter your date of birth if is below the age of 13, the app displays these message: “Sorry, looks like you’re not eligible for Try This. But thank you for checking us out!”

Your feed highlights what is happening in your community as well as a separate ‘For you’ feed shows tailored recommendation to suit your needs. Additionally there is a digital wellbeing element which alerts users who may have been on the app for over 2 hours

Why do teens love the TikTok? This is a method to express themselves and produce short-form video clips to achieve a following and make a community around their passions. In addition, it features some good effects that users can affect their videos to make them more unique. You can also cross-post the content on other platforms to discuss it with more people.

Parents have expressed concern across the inappropriate language of a few of the video posted which may make this less suitable for younger children. Also some 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 blocked or taken down. Addititionally there is an energetic effort from TikTok app moderators to proactively try to find trends of hashtags that may highlight content which is prohibited on the platform to adopt it down promptly.

What should parents be worried about? When you download the app users can see each of the content without creating your account although they are certainly not able to post, like or share anything until they’ve set up a free account on the app. You can set up your account by using your overall Google, Facebook, Instagram account, via email or phone.

If you put an age that is certainly below age of 13 you might 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 respond 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 measures? Like Facebook and Instagram, it features a digital wellbeing element (which can be password protected) which alerts users who have been on the app for more than two hours. You can also switch on ‘restricted mode’ to remove inappropriate content on the app.

Also, you can set an account to get private in order that all videos can simply be seen from 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 having a private account, your child’s profile photo, username, and bio remain visible to all users on the platform. The two main privacy settings for your 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.

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