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Is your teen on TikTok? Here are risks to be aware of.

TikTok, a social media platform that allows users to create and share short videos, has become increasingly popular among teens in recent years. While the platform can be a fun and creative outlet for many users, it is important for parents to be aware of the potential risks that come with using TikTok. Here are a few reasons why parents should be concerned about their teens using the app:


TikTok’s format, which includes short, easily shareable videos, can make it easy for cyberbullies to spread hurtful messages and images. Teens may be at a higher risk of being bullied or harassed on the platform, and parents should be aware of this possibility.

Inappropriate content

TikTok’s content is not always appropriate for all ages. Teens may be exposed to sexually explicit, violent, or other types of offensive content on the platform.

Privacy concerns

TikTok’s terms of service allow the company to collect a wide range of data on users, including location, browsing history, and device information. This data may be shared with third-party companies for targeted advertising or other purposes.


TikTok can be addictive and it can take up a lot of time from teens, leading to neglect of studies and other activities.

Lack of parental controls

TikTok does not have robust parental controls in place, and it is up to parents to monitor their teens’ use of the platform and set limits on screen time.

Parents need to talk with their teens about the potential risks of using TikTok and to set guidelines for appropriate use of the app. Parents can also consider installing parental control apps on their teens’ devices, to help monitor their activity on the platform.

Additionally, it’s important to educate teens on the importance of being responsible digital citizens and to be aware of the potential risks that come with sharing personal information online.


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