It seems like people can’t get enough of TikTok. But if you’re worried about what exactly your kids are getting, you’re not alone.
From inappropriate content to user data security, here’s what you need to know, plus safety measures to take ASAP.
We always say the best way to know what your children are in for on a new (well, certainly new to you) platform is to try it out yourself. You’ll quickly see that some of the videos can be slightly inappropriate but if used under supervision, TikTok can be a great creative outlet for children.
Can I use TikTok with my kids?
A good way to introduce your kids to the platform is to watch and make videos together. Remember, you can post it or save it as “private” so only you can see. The app also lets you share videos by email, text, or other social media where you can better control who sees it, so kids can perform for friends and relatives instead of everyone.
Can I restrict my kid’s activity on TikTok?
Screen time is always a hot topic when it comes to kids. You can limit time spent on the app and limit the appearance of inappropriate videos under the “Digital Wellbeing” section. The features are automatically protected by a four-digit password so kids can’t turn them off on their own. From there, parents can opt to turn on Screen Time Management, which limits users to two hours on the app per day, and Restricted Mode, which blocks some content. Keep in mind, Restricted Mode isn’t foolproof, and even with the filter on, kids using the app on their own might come across age-inappropriate videos. As of 2020, there’s a Family Safety Mode feature that lets parents link their own accounts to their kids to control time limits and Restricted Mode, and it adds direct messages as well.
Can I monitor my kid’s activity on TikTok?
Yes. Other than Restricted Mode, there’s no way to filter out content on TikTok, so parents are encouraged to share an account with kids under the age of 13. This will let you keep an eye on what your kid is viewing and posting. Parents of older kids who are more resistant to monitoring can ask about their favourite video creators and get to know their videos (with or without your kid). Also, take the time to regularly look at the most popular songs, videos, memes, and challenges.