Parents Navigating Technology
Charlotte Parent|January 2020
Everything you need to know about TikTok
Courtney Lee

If you have a child who uses a mobile device, chances are you’ve heard of the wildly popular app TikTok. As of 2019, TikTok had a whopping one billion users. TikTok is all the rage with Gen Z—but is it safe for kids? This guide breaks down everything you need to know to decide if TikTok is right for your child.

What is TikTok?

TikTok lets users create 15-second videos that may include anything from dance challenges to comedy sketches. Formerly known as Musical.ly, the app was introduced in 2017 by a Chinese developer. TikTok filled the void for a short-form video app after the popular app Vine shut down.

How does TikTok work?

TikTok is a free app that you can download onto any mobile device. Once installed, it prompts you to create an account using a phone number, email address, Facebook sign-in, or Instagram sign-in. After you sign up, the app can search your phone or social media contacts to connect with people you know who are also using the app.

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