“More than one third of children aged 6-17 consider ‘social media stars’ to be among their top role models. ”
TikTok was formerly known as Musical.ly, before it was rebranded by the Chinese company that acquired it in November 2017. If your child had previously had a Musical.ly account, all of their videos and personal settings will have automatically been moved to TikTok.
What is TikTok?
Tik Tok is rapidly becoming the most downloaded app.
TikTok is an app, with a minimum user age of 13, which offers the user the ability to watch musical clips, create short clips up to 60 seconds and add special effects to them, to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or the entire world.
There are only two privacy settings on the app:
- Private: only the creator can watch his/her videos.
- Public: anyone on the app can see his/her videos
By default, all accounts are public unless the privacy settings are changed. Children inevitably want to get a following, and want to get likes on a video so are less likely to make their settings private.
What Parents Need to know
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