What danger does the new social network Tik-tok pose to a child?


The number of users of the new social network “Tik-tok” is growing every day more and more, among them there are thousands of primary school students and adolescents. A year ago, this application was used only in China, but recently the service for creating short videos has gained popularity all over the world.

“Tik-tok” is a worldwide social entertainment network with a built-in video editor that allows you to edit video footage in a short time and instantly upload the footage to the Internet. The main content is dance and music videos or humor. 

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The interest of children in such self-expression is connected, first of all, with the prohibition of “pranks” in real life. A tough daily routine, mandatory extra classes, homework under the strict supervision of a nanny or grandmother, as well as sports, dancing, foreign languages, and more. At an early age, children should devote themselves to play, freely do what they want, frolic and fantasize. But modern “advanced” parents strive to plan all the child’s activities in such a way that he does not feel alive, but a clockwork toy. Emotional and physical overload leads to isolation and the only thing left for the child is watching videos before bedtime. And later, an irresistible desire to shoot a fashionable “challenge” on your phone yourself.

The danger of “Tik-tok” is that, in comparison with other social networks, for example, “Facebook” or “Instagram”, parents cannot personally control every publication created and launched on the Internet by a child. Finding the right one is not easy among the abundance of videos. That is why not every parent is aware of what a teenager is really fond of in his free time.

The second danger is that the application does not filter the content of publications as thoroughly. The student may be exposed to adult content that shocks him.

The third danger is that in “Tik-tok” you can save all videos to your device. This means that in the future it will be almost impossible to remove material from the Internet. And your child’s innocent “prank” will forever float in the ocean of social networks.

The fourth and most serious danger is that, instead of making new friends on Tik-tok, a teenager may encounter malefactors. The media have more than once covered cases when children on a social network fell under the influence of pedophiles, as well as people calling for suicide.

What to do and how to protect a child from a new trend without violating his freedom?

If you notice an icon of a new, fashionable application on a children’s smartphone or tablet, then calmly ask the child what kind of game it is? What is it, ask to see the page, find out what exactly the child likes in this application? Does he shoot his own videos or participate in some potentially dangerous “challenges”. Check your correspondence. Most likely, you will not find anything suspicious, except for tomfoolery, but if something threatens the child’s mental or physical health, then it is better to delete the account, after calmly explaining to the child how such “childishness” can harm him. Namely: persecution of classmates, a threat to health, while performing all sorts of tricks on the camera, as well as meeting with potentially dangerous people. After deleting the account, it is worth clarifying the situation at the school, talking with teachers, parents of classmates, in the most unpleasant situations, it is worth meeting the student after class in order to personally make sure that he is not in danger.

But don’t go overboard. The task of parents today is to explain the rules of behavior in cyberspace. This is as relevant as, for example, the rules of the road.

A clear and latent threat

There is inappropriate content on any social media: from silly videos and obscene language to scenes of an erotic nature and cruelty.

In pursuit of the “hype” teenagers sometimes post images on the Internet that not every adult can withstand, and they will surely “catch the eye” of a child: after going to the “recommended” section, the user gets access to the most popular videos. Both the class and the school will discuss them.

Now the concepts of “social networking” and “addiction” have become almost synonymous, and TikTok has overtaken everyone in terms of addiction. Unlike similar sites, posts on TikTok are not limited to user subscriptions and therefore never end. The tape is, in fact, endless, and teenagers “stick” here for a long time!

The application selects recommended videos for each person using special algorithms. They are based on individual user preferences. That is, if a child watches vocal lessons, then similar videos will appear in the recommendations. But if he accidentally opens a video containing scenes of cruelty, then in his tape there will be more such videos.

Even if the child avoids such content, there is a threat from third parties. People can use the information that the child publishes for their own purposes. It became known that TikTok neglects the security of personal data, so this social network in America was considered a serious threat to national security.

Official Recommendations

Of course, the developers of the social network have provided a number of points to make life easier for parents. The recommended age of users is at least 13 years old. Use this argument to delay your child’s acquaintance with TikTok.

You can also use your privacy settings to restrict the content your child sees. Or simply create a general account and independently monitor the child’s activity. Of course, this option is possible with the consent of the child himself, which means it is unlikely.

Family council

Discuss the above risks with your child and invite them to come up with ways to avoid them.

Consider limiting “surfing” in the app.

Talk about the culture of behavior on the Internet – do not tell strangers details of your personal life and personal information.

Ask your child what he likes about TikTok, let him show and tell about his favorite bloggers. This will help you get closer and better understand him.

It is useless to try to fight progress. Ignoring it is dangerous. One way or another, social networks will not disappear anywhere, and our children will still use them. So let’s help them learn how to use them competently and safely.