How to set up TikTok 

The Sun Newspaper in London is running a series about TikTok, suggesting it is completely unfit for purpose bacause, whilst the article is poorly written, there is a strong grain of truth in it. Much of what is said is true for Snapchat as well but The Sun says, there is no remedy or realistic means of contacting them. TikTok has grown hugely since its former life as Now known as TikTok since its Chinese take over two years ago.

The problem is quite simple. TikTok’s minimum age is 13, Tiktok does nothing during the sign-up process to check  - meaning huge numbers of children join below the required age with no legal protection. TikTok also serves adverts and recommendations which may not be suitable for children. It is known that Families will find it is difficult to contact TikTok to get videos taken down. We have been pointing the dangers of TokTok for years in Online safety Talks for schools. 

The Sun is using its power to ask TikTok to behave more responsibily in the UK and to respond to complaint and requests faster and more compassionately. At the moment, The Sun says that TikTok need to step up. It would be unfair on TikTok alone as Snapchat and Instagram just as culpable especially Snapchat. Instagram is definetly the best of the three here. Last year, they agreed to curate self harm messaging and took steps on displaying 'likes'. 

TikTok by the Numbers

  • 1.5 bl downloads
  • 5 million UK users
  • 42% between 16-24 yrs of age
  • 6% of 11-17 years of age engaged in Sexting activity on TikTok
  • 1 in 5 kids being groomed are under 12 years of age
  • 200,000 kids have be groomed for groomed on social media for sexual purposes
  • TikTok fined $7ml for illegally collecting kids data on TikTok

Making kids aware of the online safety issues is vital to their wellbeing and happiness when using TikTok. Especially given the poor level of support provided by the company itself. 

How to set up TikTok
Take control of TikTok – change these settings now

Go private:
Goto Settings > Privacy and Safety Goto - Discoverability heading at the top.

TikTok recommends your page to lots of other users to improve video circulation.Switch the setting off and the account will no longer be recommended to other users. 

Getting rid of Strangers

In Privacy and Safety > Safety, you can prevent other users from seeing your posts, stories. Settings are on ‘Everyone’ by default, but can be changed to Friends or Off. A stranger is not a friend you haven't met yet

Switch off ‘Comments, Duets, Reacts, users seeing which videos you've liked, and also messages.

Restricted Mode ON:

Restricted Mode tries to limit age-inappropriate content from appearing for children.

It's not perfect, and works through using computer-scanning systems – so some dodgy content will inevitably be missed.
Set a passcode to prevent your child from changing this setting themselves later on.

Do this in Settings > Digital Wellbeing > Screen Time Management.

The Sun says

Teenagers and young Adult react (or think they need to react quickly to messages, posts, stories) to online messaging they bypass their critical thinking faculties in their rush to be funny or simply be the first to react.

Sun Online launched its TikTok Time Bomb series to make sure parents are aware of the risks their kids are being exposed to, and what they can do to better protect them.

They want TikTok to better moderate its content so that it’s not being left to kids to protect themselves online

Their campaign is shining a light on the dangerous side of the app and how its lax security and moderation has allowed it to become a magnet for paedophilesprofanity, crime, violence and extremism.

But while many of the young users might treat the videos as a joke, gruesome crimes have arisen from teens using social media to pretend they are real-life gangsters. 

Need an office, moderators in Europe

Last year Facebook agreed with the UK Government to step up efforts to moderate content online. Instagram agreed to curate content following the campaign of the late Holly Russell's father.  Explosive growth in the past two years has caught up with TokTok, they need to start moderating content and intervene with videos that do NOT meet community standards to encourage users into ultra profane behaviour, crime, explicit sexual content, hateful content or self-harm (suicide)

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