TikTok is one of the fastest growing apps today, allowing users to post, share and discover short 15 - 60 second videos. Think karaoke for the digital age, with plenty of humor thrown in. People like TikTok because the platform has built a community that encourages users to express themselves creatively and authentically. Whether it's dance, free-style or performance, creators are encouraged to let their imagination run wild.
Before you create an account, we encourage you to check out the tips on using TikTok’s safety features and other preferences in the TikTok Tips for Parents guide that PTA collaborated on with TikTok to create for our PTA Connected program. Following the tips in this guide is a great way to ensure your account has the features you want for your profile.
For example, the “For You” feed is a great way to explore new videos, but with the wide diversity of content on the app, sometimes you might feel bogged down with videos that aren't quite to your taste. You can configure features and preferences that let you keep videos you don't enjoy off of your For You feed. This will help you shape what your content consumption experience looks like on TikTok.
As with any social media application, you can take charge of curating your experience, and your teen’s experience. When you create an account, TikTok will “age gate” you into content that matches how old you are. This is why it is critically important for parents to talk with their kids before allowing them to create an account, and to sit with them to make sure they use the appropriate information when they first log in.