Fostering Ltd Guide to TikTok

TikTok is now the fastest growing social media network, recently overtaking tech giant Facebook. Here is what you need to know.

When adults are asked about TikTok, they will probably reply by saying “what is it?” Ask a teenager and they will not only know what it is, they will likely use the app every day!

So what is it?

TikTok is a social media app allows users to upload short videos, between 15 seconds and 1 minute long straight from their phones. They are usually set to music and many are copying the latest dance craze or memes. 

Who can use it?

To create a TikTok account users must be over 13 years of age, and those under 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian. They can then watch or create videos on the platform.

Should I be worried?

Most of the content shared on TikTok is innocent and a lot of fun. The best way to see what is happening is to download the app and see what these videos are like. 

Another good idea is to talk to children or young people in your care about it, ask them what they like and if they are creating videos ask to see them.

What else should I know

One of the refreshing sides of TikTok is that people are sharing a more genuine side of themselves than say on Instagram where there is a tendency to share the best version of yourself, but like most other social media sites there is a push towards getting “likes” and “followers” It is important therefore to talk to the young people about why this isn’t important and when it isn’t fun anymore, to take a break from the app.

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