Parent’s Guide to TikTok

TikTok is a lively social media network for sharing user-generated music videos and browsing publicly shared content created by others, including celebrities and recording artists. While TikTok has great potential to be a creative social space, parents may want to understand the risks children could face when using the app. Privacy issues, exposure to adult content and potential for bullying have led some experts to suggest that the app is best suited for students aged 16 and above.

Beau Monday, head of information security at Punahou, has these tips for parents:

  • Take advantage of TikTok’s Digital Wellbeing feature to set limits on time spent in the app and limit the appearance of inappropriate content.
  • Keep an eye on what students are viewing and posting by either asking to see their phone or by using their password to log in. 

Here are some additional resources to help parents further understand the popular app.

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to TikTok from Common Sense Media
Sing, lip-synch, and share videos; watch for iffy content.

What is TikTok? And is it Safe? from NBC News
This hot social media app can foster creativity and socialization, but parents — and kids — need to know the risks.

TikTok App Guide For Parents (With Video) from Smart Social
Parents should know there are lots of safety and privacy concerns with TikTok. 

The Latest TikTok Challenge and the Dangers of Likes from Grit Daily
TikTok challenges, such as the viral “Skull Breaker Challenge,” can result in serious injury for those who participate.

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