TikTok information

A guide to TikTok

The social media platform TikTok is now hugely popular with people across the world.

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a social media video app that allows users to create short videos (between three and 15 seconds long). It has 500 million active users, putting it ahead of Twitter and Snapchat.  It is possible for users to make longer looping videos (up to 60 seconds) by stringing multiple clips together; there are also features such as slo-mo, graphics and filters.

What are the positives?

Apart from being entertaining, it offers the chance to learn new skills. The platform appears to encourage a degree of creativity in young people, keen to find ways to entertain others.

Should we be worried?

Like all things social media, a degree of caution needs to be taken, such as not sharing videos of friends without their permission, not adding a personal phone number, not engaging with strangers. 

What is it like?

TikTok is meant to be for users aged 13 or over (with parental permission if they are under 18). However, as users do not need to have an account, it is easy for any person with knowledge of how to use a smart device to engage with the platform.  This means there is a risk that they could be exposed to inappropriate content and number of alerts are sent daily demanding the attention of the user.

Our advice to parents/carers:

to review the app for yourself to make an informed decision about its suitability for your son/daughter.