|What is TikTok?||Users make short videos of themselves dancing & doing random things|
|Is TikTok safe for kids?||No (Explained below)|
|Recommended min. Age||16|
Open the TikTok app & the vibrant colors and flashy lights make you want to dance like no one is watching. Which is exactly what the creators of musica.ly ( which is now TikTok ) intended. The problem however is that not only is someone watching but millions of people are watching and while most of them are just another 12 year old doing a silly dance. There is a growing number of anonymous predators watching & to them they aren't watching kids doing silly dances. To these predators it's a hunting ground & they're watching their prey.
Despite a minimum age requirement of 13 it is not enforced which has led to the app becoming the current trend among kids as young as 8 to college students. Without any moderation & with rules mainly focusing on copyright infringment these younger users are left to fend off the predators which is becoming increasingly more difficult & often time users don't even realize the person asking them to do a a silly dance is actually someone much older than them.