If you’re the parent of a tween, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the popular social media app TikTok, a video-sharing platform where users can watch, create, and share self-made videos shot on cell phones. While the app can be a source of creativity and fun for users, many parents are understandably hesitant to embrace it with the same excitement as their Gen Z counterparts.
As technology continues to evolve, it can be a challenge to keep up. Questions of online safety and data privacy concerns are top of mind for many parents when it comes to their teens’ involvement with TikTok.
Given the app’s increasing rise in popularity—and recent media attention regarding alleged privacy concerns—it’s important to understand what exactly your child is consuming as well as what information is being shared about them online. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to your child’s safety on TikTok and what steps you can take to protect them online.