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Parents And Staff - Rethinking TikTok

Currently, there are multiple conversations being held around the world as to the safety, security, privacy, addiction issues and possible long-term usage effects of TikTok.  

What is TikTok 

It’s a 13+ mobile app allowing people to share 15-second lip sync videos, karaoke and acting scenes, backed with music. The app is owned by a Chinese-based tech firm, and it is currently worth in excess of $78 billion.

Let’s sum up the issues:

  • It’s a massive global business - There are realistic concerns about who now owns and controls all of your content, and how your personal information will be used.
  • Device addiction issues - In psychological terms, it is reported TikTok uses random (intermittent) reinforcement which is likened to being addicted to gambling.  TikTok has built-in, knowingly addictive patterns and processes with variable rewards, to keep you going. This can affect developing brains and reduce attention spans.
  • History of security flaws and cyberbullying complaints
  • History of privacy concerns - TikTok can access and transmit your IP, Unique device ID, camera, microphone, GPS location detail, keystrokes and pattern logging with children’s data and privacy. You are handing over to TikTok all your Facebook contacts if you connect TikTok to your Facebook account.
  • History of online safety issues for adults - Security analysts intercepted TikTok’s transmissions and sent back fake news, false data as if it came from popular digital influencers

Now there is an international political spotlight on security:

  1.   2020 - UK staff in lockdown - app is not to be used by government employees 
  2.   2019 - Australian military banning the app be on any of its devices  
  3.   2019 - US legislation to prohibit federal employees using or downloading the app
  4.   July 2020 - India banned TikTok for the second time (first time due to pornography and now with a number of Chinese-based apps).

Deleting TikTok:

Please remove TikTok from children’s devices who are under 13 (TikTok’s own terms and conditions are minimum 13 years).  

Your account is deactivated for 30 days before it is permanently inaccessible. Once deactivated your videos will not be available.

  1. Deleting your account, you will lose access to all of your TikTok content. If you purchased items in the app, you will not be eligible for a refund
  2. Tap open TikTok and select the ‘me’ icon in the bottom right-hand corner
  3. Tap open … in the top right-hand corner of the screen
  4. Tap open ‘manage my account’
  5. Scroll down and tap open ‘delete account’.

Note you may have to open a connected Twitter or Facebook account to verify you want to delete the account. You may also have to keep selecting ‘delete account’ a few more times.

Mrs Marie Miegel
Junior Years Teacher Librarian