Parent Statements - Tik Tok
As a parent/carer, you may have heard that a disturbing video has been posted on the social media apps Tik Tok and Snapchat. This is not the first time that harmful videos have been posted onto social media sites. Whilst the platforms have tried to remove the video, it has been shared by many other users and in some cases, users have encouraged others to view it. Some users have also disguised the video with pictures of ‘cute animals’.
Tik Tok is a very popular app with children as it includes viral videos of dancers, celebrities etc. The videos are limited to less than 60 seconds and users scroll through different videos. In the UK it had a minimum age of 13.
Advice for parents is to monitor their childrens use of social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Tok Tok. All these have a minimum age restriction of 13 years old. Remember that all social media apps have risks and if you allow your child to use these apps, they must have adult supervision.
Look at privacy controls for devices and ensure that you know what they are downloading. All devices have built in restrictions to give you more control. A useful site for this is https://www.internetmatters.org/
It is also important that you regularly talk to your child about what they are doing online.
Tik Tok also has a safety centre, available here: https://www.tiktok.com/safety/resources/for-parents?lang=en
Tim Pinto - The E-Safety Office
INTERNET SAFETY ADVICE - 28.2.19
We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online which could potentially be viewed by our children.
We would encourage you to be vigilant when your child is using any device or watching any clips.
Children should be advised if they see anything upsetting to switch off the screen and tell an adult.
Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Tips for staying safe online:
· Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
· Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.