Kids Should Not Be Allowed to Watch TikTok Unsupervised
TikTok is a Chinese social media app where users create short videos called “challenges”. Users upload their music and dance moves to these challenges. These challenges can range from lip syncing to dancing to singing. There are over 1 billion active monthly users on TikTok.
TikTok is a video-sharing social networking app where users create short videos called “challenges”. Users upload their videos to a platform and then share them with friends. Challenges range from lip-syncing to dancing to singing to comedy skits. It was launched in September 2017 and became popular among teenagers and young adults. TikTok’s popularity grew rapidly, and its user base surpassed 300 million users in July 2018. TikTok is available for Android and iOS devices.
Tiktok is a video-sharing application similar to Vine and Instagram, where users create six-second videos (or loops) and add text overlays and music. Videos can feature up to 60 people at once, and users can share their videos across social networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, and WhatsApp. TikTok was launched in 2016 and has since become popular among young adults between 18–35 years old.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company. TikTok was created in 2016 by two former Google employees who left to join ByteDance. TikTok’s popularity skyrocketed after its launch in September 2017. By October 2018, TikTok had over 1 billion monthly active users. In March 2019, ByteDance acquired Musical.ly, a popular social networking app similar to TikTok.
TikTok is a social networking
- TikTok Music
The TikTok music channel features songs from various artists, including American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who released her latest album Lover on November 10, 2019.
- TikTok Dance
TikTok dance videos are short clips featuring people dancing to music. TikTok dance videos have become increasingly popular since their introduction in 2016.
- TikTok Videos
A TikTok video is a video uploaded onto the TikTok platform. Users create these videos using the TikTok application, which is downloaded free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- TikTok Challenges
TikTok challenges are short videos posted by users. These challenges often require users to do things such as sing, dance, play instruments, act out scenes, make funny faces, and perform stunts.
- TikTok Stars
TikTok stars are celebrities who have millions of followers on the TikTok platform. Many of them are famous musicians, actors, comedians, athletes, and singers.
- TikTok Trends
TikTok trends are short videos that are created by users based on what they think others might want to watch. These videos may feature a person singing, dancing, playing an instrument, acting out a scene, making funny faces, or performing a stunt.
TikTok Bad Side
TikTok is a video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, Inc. Founded in 2016, it was initially developed for smartphones running Android operating systems. In September 2017, ByteDance launched its first standalone application for iOS devices. On July 15, 2018, ByteDance announced that they would launch their own version of YouTube called TikTok.
The app has been criticized for being addictive and having negative effects on users’ mental health. In January 2019, TikTok released a statement saying that they were aware of the issue and working to fix it.
Should children be supervised while using Tik Tok?
You may not agree with my opinion about Tik Tok. I think Tik Tok is just a mobile application that is created just for entertainment in which any type of short-duration video can be made. I think children should be very careful here.
When China introduced the Tik Tok app, its goal was to sit in Silicon City and present short-term, short videos, in short clothes that would go viral as soon as they were uploaded, and that’s what happened. That’s why our youth. Generations also step into China’s footprints and make short videos that go viral. I don’t wonder why today’s generation does it for cheap fame.
But here the question also arises is it necessary that we or our generation also make videos like the ones made by the Chinese? Of course, none of us would want that because no matter how independent we become, we have to keep social boundaries in mind. Here I have to say with regret that our training is lacking, we are unable to make any constructive app by ourselves and even if we try to make it, we only look at the entertainment aspect. The same is the case with children. It is not possible to create a talk app but it can be used skillfully. Here it is also worth noting that such positive videos can be made on Tik Tok which can fulfill the hobby and also promote constructive activities.
The use of Tik Tok in Pakistan has increased enormously, which has also faced negative consequences, and many innocent lives have been lost, due to which the government of Pakistan has banned the Tik Tok app and the cases have gone to court.
I can’t be against an app but here too it’s very clear that there is a lack of training in children and the adults are responsible for it if monitoring or imposing restrictions on the children is not going to get the desired results. Hope not.
Negative and positive thinking needs training and discipline to develop self-confidence in children and they can consult others or decide for themselves what is good and what is bad.
Therefore, it is very important to pay special attention to the training of children and instead of creating any kind of barrier to building them, the emphasis should be on building confidence in them.
⦁ TikTok is banned in some countries including Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
⦁ TikTok is not allowed in schools in Singapore.
⦁ TikTok is banned at many universities in the United States.
⦁ TikTok is banned from public transportation in New York City.
⦁ TikTok is banned from the Apple App Store.
⦁ TikTok is banned by Facebook.
⦁ TikTok is banned for children under 13 years old in Australia.
⦁ TikTok is banned because it is considered harmful to teens’ mental health.
Adults who do not want to view adult content should avoid using TikTok
- Adult Content Video
The app contains many challenges that are not suitable for children. These challenges often involve nudity or sexual situations.
Adult content video (ACV) refers to any video containing sexual content. Videos that have been deemed adult content videos may contain nudity, sex, or even simulated sex. ACVs are often uploaded onto websites like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
- Sexually Explicit Material
Sexually explicit material (SEM) is defined as any depiction of sexual activity involving human genitals or pubic area. SEM includes depictions of masturbation, fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus, and vaginal penetration.
- Sexual Performance
Sexual performance involves actual or simulated sexual intercourse, oral-genital contact, or genital contact between humans.
Simulated sexual intercourse is any act that appears to simulate sexual intercourse, including kissing, fondling, caressing, and/or manual stimulation of the breasts, buttocks, anus, vulva, vagina, penis, or scrotum.
- Bad for Health
The app’s popularity has led to concerns about its potential negative effects on mental health. In 2018, TikTok announced that it would no longer allow “glorifying self-harm” content due to the risk of suicide contagion. However, the company has been accused of censorship and censoring videos critical of Chinese politics.
- TikTok’s Bad Effects
In May 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report stating that TikTok had become the number one social network among young people worldwide. According to WHO, the app has over 1 billion monthly active users.
- TikTok’s Bad Influence
TikTok has been linked to several suicides and self-harm cases. In March 2019, a 14-year-old girl committed suicide after posting a video of herself singing while playing a song on TikTok. A few months later, a 17-year-old boy killed himself after posting a video of him dancing to a song on TikTok, which he then followed with a series of videos showing him cutting his wrists. In August 2019, a 16-year-old boy died after taking his own life after posting a video of himself lip syncing to a popular song on TikTok.
- TikTok’s Bad Impact
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan showed that TikTok is associated with increased levels of depression and anxiety among teenagers. The study included 2,000 students between 13 and 18 years old who were asked about their use of TikTok. Researchers found that teens who spent three hours or more per day using TikTok reported higher rates of depression and anxiety than those who did not use the app.
- TikTok’s Bad Results
According to a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, TikTok is linked to poor academic performance. The survey involved 5,000 high school students in the United States and Canada. Students who spend two hours or more per day on the app scored lower on standardized tests than those who do not use the app. The study concluded that TikTok negatively affects student learning.
- TikTok’s Bad Effect
TikTok has also been linked to bullying. In October 2019, a 12-year-old girl posted a video on TikTok of her friend crying after she was bullied for wearing makeup. The girl said that she was told to take off her makeup or else she would get bullied again.
- Bad Impact on Life
The app has been accused of exploiting young people and encouraging them to engage in dangerous behavior. According to a report by Time magazine, TikTok has become a platform where teens post videos of themselves performing stunts, dancing, drinking alcohol, smoking drugs, and posting sexually explicit content. Many parents have expressed concern about their children using the app. There have even been reports of suicides associated with the app.
- TikTok Addiction
In January 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA) released a statement warning parents about the dangers of TikTok addiction. The APA stated that “the addictive nature of TikTok makes it difficult for many adolescents to resist the urge to use the app.” The statement added that “it is not uncommon for teenagers to spend several hours a day watching TikTok videos.”
- Mental Health Issues
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California, TikTok is causing mental health issues among teens. The study showed that the number of Americans aged 12–17 who reported feeling sad or hopeless increased by 21 percent between 2017 and 2018. The researchers stated that these numbers were likely higher than what was recorded due to under-reporting.
- Suicide Risk
The suicide rate among teens has risen steadily since 2012. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said that teen suicide rates rose by 22 percent between 2015 and 2017. The study stated that the rise may be linked to the increasing amount of time spent online.
- Alcohol Use
Another study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that the percentage of 12th graders who consumed alcohol in the past month increased by 9 percent between 2013 and 2014. The researchers stated that they believe the increase was caused by the rising popularity of TikTok.
- Teen Dating Violence
Teen dating violence has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. According to data collected by the CDC, one in three girls and one in four boys experienced some type of physical dating violence before age 18. Data shows that the prevalence of teen dating violence has remained steady since 2007.
After seeing all these factors in my opinion:
- Kids should not be allowed to watch TikTok unsupervised.
- Kids should not be able to access TikTok without parental supervision.
- Parents should be aware of what their kids are doing online.
- Parents should monitor their kids’ social media usage.
- Parents should set rules about how much time their kids spend online.
- Parents should make sure their kids have good internet filters.
- Parents should teach their kids about privacy settings.
- Parents should know who their kid’s friends are online.
- Parents should know where their kids go online.
- Parents should know what apps their kids use.
- Parents should know what websites their kids visit.
- Parents should know what games their kids play.
- Parents should know what videos their kids watch.
- Parents should know what music in TikTok their kids listen to,
Lets all try to keep our little ones safe.