‘Cyber Cop’ Susan McLean warns the internet with the message “Just say no” to TikTok. The video app, popular amongst children and teenagers takes a big swing these years that concerns security.
As the times changed, it is best to look after your safety on the internet the same as you do outside in the real world. As we get older, we understand the evil things happening online. That makes us more aware of the creeps searching for their new ‘victims’ on different platforms online. We are mature enough to understand how some things stand. However, children and teens are in the ages when some perspectives are formed. And it is left on us to guard and path them. It is in our hands to teach them and guide them on what to or not to share online.
Every app has a different minimum age, depending on what it’s shown. TikTok is a social media app that can use anyone that is 13 or more. It is similar to the Snapchat app- it bases on short videos. The difference is that these videos are shareable, just like the ones on Facebook. The minimum age is incredibly low. Therefore, it is an open opportunity for pedophiles to search for videos of underage kids, as videos are one thing they want to see for sure.
Concerning our own and our kid’s safety, we should be taking every precaution we can. TikTok creators seem to be unconcerned that the majority of its users are not old to even sign a legal contract. As children of a young age aren’t thinking about the dangers that they are exposed, it is a shame that the creators rely heavily on their propensity to not see their own “security blind spots”. Therefore, pedophiles can easily find what they aim for.
Even more disappointing is that TikTok allows its users to view videos of private accounts, even though the profile user agreed to lock their account. Anyone can request to view a private account.
Even though TikTok doesn’t differentiate from Snapchat in content and usage, it is more popular than Snapchat. And it’s not just pedophiles who find the videos attractive- kids are also addicted to them.
UK’s investigators claim that TikTok could be a parent’s worst nightmare, as children can experience many negative consequences. Children were being constantly promoted to pedophiles, and they received tons of sexually explicit messages. Even bullying is present on the app.