TikTok is a global video community where users create, share and discover ‘funny and memorable moments’ via short video clips – typically about 15 seconds long. Videos can be ‘spiced up’ with special effect lter, stickers, music and sound clips. Currently one of the world’s most popular apps, TikTok was formerly known as Musical.ly, before it was rebranded by the Chinese company ByteDance that acquired it in November 2017. If your child had previously had a Musical.ly account, all of their videos and personal settings will have automatically been moved to TikTok. In early 2019, TikTok was hit with a record $5.7m (£4.2m) ne in the US over child data privacy concerns for its record keeping while under the Musical.ly brand.
TikTok is not just a platform for cool bloggers and their fans. It is also home to haters, spammers, and scammers. Follow these simple guidelines on setting up a more secure TikTok account:
To see the few security settings TikTok offers, tap the ‘Me’ icon and then the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen. The settings you need are under Manage my account.