The technology has improved so much, that today’s world has gone beyond normal. We can even say it’s become dangerous, especially for the young population. Parents are more and more worried about their kids, and their safety. Unfortunately, pedophiles are all over the internet.
There are countless applications, and kids’ phones are filled with them. One of the latest apps is TikTok, a Chinese application, which first appeared in 2018. It has become really popular, used by more than 800 million people around the world.
In US only, more than 80 million people have downloaded it. With this app, users can post short videos of themselves and share them. It’s actually very similar to Snapchat.
However, there are issues with the app’s safety. So, children shouldn’t use it.
A former cyber safety specialist, McLean, says: “TikTok is not a safe app and there are many concerns, not the least bullying and grooming by predators.”
Every app has a minimum age. Here, users should be 13+, which is very low. Teens love it, and so do pedophiles. Experts disapprove of this application, since most users aren’t even close to the age which is required to use this app. Even if a minor has a private account, their information would be visible to other users.
A lot of problems have emerged. There were many cases of bullying and pedophilia. A 9-year-old got a sexually explicit message. This app hasn’t taken any measures to prevent further problems of this kind, except deleting inappropriate comments.
It hasn’t even removed these problematic accounts. So, it’s not important that the app makes a lot of money, since the cost is keeping kids in danger. TikTok got the biggest fine in American history for collecting children’s information and selling it.
Pedophiles watch kids sing and dance, and then use those videos.
The US and Australian government forbade soldiers from using it, fearing for the security.
So, say ‘no” to TikTok.
As a parent, you have to be more aware of your kid’s online activities, since no one can guarantee safety anymore in this day and age. A good parental control app is MMGuardian, which alerts parents on concerning topics, helps with locations, number blocking etc.