Everything Parents Need to Know About TikTok and How to Keep Children Safe


What is TikTok?
TikTok is an app that has skyrocketed in popularity in recent time. It joins the ranks of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by becoming a vastly popular app where teens and young adults can show off their skills and build a following. TikTok is very similar to other apps out there, but it puts more of an emphasis on seeing rather than reading. The goal of TikTok is for users to lip sing to previously recorded songs or scenes. While doing this, they need to do something that will make them stand out from the crowd and get more likes and followers. Many people dance, wear costumes, try humor, and make grand gestures in order to get noticed.

Why is TikTok so Popular?
TikTok is so popular because it’s something different than all the other social media apps that are already out there. With apps like Facebook and Twitter, people share their thoughts and feelings in statuses. It puts a heavy emphasis on sharing how your day is going through words. TikTok is all about pictures and videos. The goal is to make yourself seen. TikTok gives users the option to record shot clips of them and their friends. Users essentially want to share something that they think will make them go viral. They want to overcome the algorithm and get noticed. In order to do that, many people record videos in parts so that people have to keep coming back. If someone likes a video, they give it a heart on TikTok. They also have the option to follow the original poster on TikTok or on their other social media pages. Many people have even gotten famous off of TikTok by gathering millions of followers due to their singing, dancing, or athletic talents.

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