TikTok App formerly known as Musical.ly

“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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MoMo ‘game’ alert

It has been brought to our attention that there is an online craze, known as “Momo Challenge.”

This “game” has been linked to a number of suicides and is naturally spreading concern amongst parents/carers and professionals. This issue was raised at the parent forum today. Currently, this is not an issue at St John’s but we feel it is important that parents/carers are aware and our children are kept safe.

We have consulted professionals who have informed us that this is not a major concern and there have been no reports of deaths linked to this “game” in England. At this stage the trend is going viral around the world (but is not yet an issue here) and those in close contact with young adults and children should be aware of this issue in case any issues arise in the future.
We must clarify that the Momo Challenge is not connected with the MOMO app which helps young people communicate.

The Momo Challenge is on WhatsApp and Facebook. According to the terms and conditions of these social media providers, the permitted minimum age for use is 13 (WhatsApp has a permitted minimum age of 16).

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