TikTok

Parents need to know that TikTok - Real Short Videos is a social network for sharing user-generated music videos. Users can create and upload videos, remix others' work, or browse content created by other users and by famous recording artists. However, as of 2019, in response to an FTC settlement, there's a separate section of the app for users under 13. That experience only lets users view curated videos: They can't comment, search, or post their own videos, and their data isn't collected. Because access to that area of the app only requires the user to enter a birthdate, the app is still recommended for older teens. Users often livestream via LiveMe - Live Video Chat, directly interacting with online audiences through chat. Because the app employs popular music, expect swearing and sexual content in the songs. Though the videos viewed during the review process only contained some tight and revealing clothing, some families have encountered sexually suggestive or even explicit material. As of August 2018, a Digital Well-Being setting allows parents to set two-hour screen time limits with the app (locked with a password), and a new Restricted Mode (also password-protected) can help filter out inappropriate content. Settings allow users to share their videos with friends or the general public, but setting accounts to Private does nothing to eliminate previously obtained followers. The new version of the app focuses on themed challenges, encouraging kids to make videos of themselves doing things like editing two videos together or working out to '80s music. Parents should note that the app has its own celebrities, and kids may use it in hopes of becoming famous. Finally, users cannot delete accounts themselves and must request a delete code from the developers after submitting their phone number. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.