Here are some useful tips for keeping children safe on TikTok
Tip #1: Make sure they are not being moved from another social media site or game onto Tik Tok by someone that they don’t know
The problem with being moved onto TikTok from another platform to talk to a someone they don’t know, is that they can then message each other in TikTok for free, which includes sharing videos. This is obviously not a good idea, and can become dangerous very quickly.
This is something that we are hearing is happening a lot on TikTok, and in particular with kids under the age of 13.
Tip #2: If they are under the age of 13, set the TikTok app up with your email address and on your device.
Set the TikTok app up on your device so you have full access to it at all times, and can see who is following them and who they are following. Make sure you set up notifications so you will be emailed with any messages that come through on the app. Think of it as putting on training wheels.
Monitoring your child’s online life if they are under the age of 13 years is extremely important. As they get older, you can lift the monitoring in line with their online maturity.
Tip #3: Set their profile to private
This is a great idea while they are too young to always make good choices. As they get older, you can lift this, especially when they know what is right and wrong online and how to block and report if the need arises.
However, in general, make sure they are only connected to people that they know and are following legitimate sites.
Tip #4: Look for the verification symbol
There is a verification symbol on all social media sites that proves it is the actual verified celebrity or group. There will be a little blue circle with a white tick in it next to the name. A good rule of thumb for following celebrities or influencers is: No tick, no follow. Predators can easily set up fraudulent accounts that may have a small spelling mistake or a similar version of a celebrity name to get follows.
For more information about TikTok and the other apps your kids are using (or nagging you about!) including Instagram, Snapchat, and Youtube, check out the Safe on Social Toolkit.
Mrs Marie Miegel
Junior Years Teacher Librarian