TikTok is a mobile social media app specifically for short-form mobile videos. There is a detailed right up of how TikTok is rewriting the world, at first glance it seems like a platform that is heavily used by teens. In fact their Safety Center >> For Parents section states:
TikTok is intended for users age 13 and over. Please do not allow a child under the age of 13 to use the app.
There is a fun aspect to the video's, and the Trends can be entertaining to an extent and there are plenty.
To name a few:
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My own daughter (11 at the time of writing) has been asking to install the app a couple of times on the past and we have managed avoid it for now. And having jumped on myself, the videos seem to be very image conscious, which for me personally is not something I think she should have more than normal exposure at her age. I think there is enough of it with general face to face interactions with her friends let alone a constant in-your face reminders.
You might be wondering, well thats all good and all, but how can you control what they install on their phones and tablets. If you setup Apple's Family Sharing "Ask to Buy" feature or Google for Families "Purchase approvals" then you have total control over which apps your children can install.
As TikTok mentions:
We encourage you to oversee your teen’s internet use, including any apps they may download. Both iOS and Android provide parental controls that let you block or limit specific apps, features, movies, music, and more at the device level.
Because TikTok is for users 13 and over, we’ve given it a strict 12+ app store rating. This allows you to use device-based parental controls to simply block the app from your underage child’s phone.
Unfortunately there isn't any inbuilt parental controls within the app but they do have tools to control your child's experience on TikTok and guidance on how to minimise the risk of any issues. For ease of access, i have repeated them in the section below. (Tools)
A private account lets you approve or deny incoming follower requests, but even with a public account you can control who can send you messages. Learn how
You can also permanently block another user from being able to view your content or send you messages. Learn how
If you feel someone is harassing you or otherwise being inappropriate, please report them so our moderation team can review and take appropriate action. Learn how
Duets can be a fun way to create videos with another user, but you’re in control: we give you the option to decide who can make duets with you(everyone, no one, or just friends). Learn how
Who do you want to be allowed to comment on your videos? You decide! Learn how
You also have the ability to delete any comment posted on your videos – just tap and hold the comment, then choose "delete."If you come across a video with content you particularly don’t like, you can long-press on the video to show your preference and see less of that sort of video in the future. Learn how
With a private account, only users you’ve approved as followers can see your content, but you can also choose to make a specific video private. Private videos are visible only to you, and you can select this setting when you originally upload the video – or by later making an uploaded video private. Learn how
If you see something that might violate our Terms of Service, please report it so our moderation team can review and take appropriate action. You can report a specific video, livestream, user, or comment right within the app itself. Learn how
Choosing to make your account private allows you to approve or deny followers and restrict your uploaded content to followers only. Learn how
Even with a private account, note that your profile information – including profile photo, username, and bio – will be visible to all users. Please do not include personal information in your profile; you can be sure your profile is online-ready by editing your profile page. Learn how
Enabling Restricted Mode is an option at the account settings level to limit the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Learn how
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a limit on the amount of time spent online. With Screen Time Management enabled, we’ll help hold you to 2 hours on the app. Learn how
It’s a good idea to choose a strong password for any online account, protect your password from things like third-party sites, and make sure to use different passwords for different services. If you notice suspicious behavior indicating your TikTok account may have been compromised, you can change your password or contact us for help. Learn how