Are you a mom and wondering if you should be on TikTok? Are you over 30? Over 40? And wondering if you should be on TikTok? I know what you’re thinking…TikTok is NOT for me. I said the same thing. 🤔
BUT, times, they are a changing and if you’re a mom and/or a business owner, you should explore TikTok. It will surprise you. It certainly surprised me.
First, if you’re letting your kids on TikTok, you need to be on there and you need to know how it works. Second, if you are looking to meet YOUR people they’re likely on TikTok by the thousands. If you just wanna know you’re not alone in your crazy mom thoughts and shenanigans, or enjoy rolling in laughter… you need to be on TikTok.
If you’re still reading, it’s because you’ve been curious about TikTok. For good reason. I first became curious because of my role as a mom to a teenager. And everything I was hearing and reading was not good. So, for the longest time we just avoided it. But I am a believer that our kids are growing up in the era of social media and need to learn how to use it respectfully and responsibly.
On that note, while this post provides helpful tips to keep your child safe on TikTok. Nothing replaces communication and oversight when it comes to social media and our kids. As a mom of kids ages 14, 12 and 7, I’m the first to admit…this is HARD WORK. Time consuming work. But necessary work. To help me manage this task, I employed the help of a parental control app called Bark. Bark monitors my kids’ devices and sends me messages when something sketchy pops up. I’ve received messages with concerns about cyberbullying, violent content, sexual content and content related to drugs and alcohol. It gives me some peace of mind knowing there’s a whole team of people out there watching over my kids’ activity online. It’s worth exploring if you could use some help in that area — the Bark app.
Every parent and every child is different. Each family has to make a decision for themselves when or whether to allow their kid on social media, and if so, which platforms. This should be on a child by child basis. All kids are different. Their judgment is different, their maturity level is different and their level of responsibility is different. But for my daughter, after research and some discussions, she’s now on TikTok. So, I’m gonna show you moms a few tips to protect your kids on TikTok.
First, it may seem counterintuitive, but you want to create an account for your child on TikTok. And that’s because TikTok is an app where you can’t control what they see unless they have an account. They can download the app for free and just watch and get sucked down a rabbit hole for hours and hours and hours. Without an account. And you can’t control what pops up on their feed. Believe me there are things on TikTok you DO NOT want them to see. If you think your kids aren’t savvy enough to know how to download a free app without your knowledge, you’re not giving them enough credit.
But once you create an account for them, there are ways you can control what they see. So, watch my video above and check out this FREE PDF download to learn some tips to keeping your child’s account private and to learn how to control the content they see.
So, those are some basic ins and outs of TikTok hopefully that will get you started and on the right track to keeping your kids safe on the app.
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One thought on “Is TikTok Safe for Kids? What Moms Need to Know About the App.”
This is an interesting post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I think any app that can access the internet should be monitored but unfortunately so much is online now.