Currently, the average child aged 4-15 spends 80 minutes watching TikTok a day, while a video is only about 15 seconds long, which means TikTok has engaged your child to scroll through about 320 videos a day.

Yes, we know, you can’t believe it! Parents can see how widespread those toxic, harmful content is on the Internet. That’s why many parents have used CyberPurify Kids to detect and blur 15 types of harmful content in real time. Don’t forget to get your children’s online protector.

Beside harmful content, there are many negative effects of TikTok you should know, for your children’s safety! Here are 7 fast takeaways on why TikTok is bad for kids. Because it’s time to decide should I let my kids use TikTok?

7 fast takeaways on why TikTok is bad for kids

Your kids can literally… see anything on TikTok

Unlike YouTube’s age-tagging mechanism which requires users have to log in to view videos with adult content, TikTok does not require a login so your child can be able to watch all the content there. In short, anyone with the link to the video can reach it.

What’s worse, TikTok does not have a mechanism to label content by age. As a result, they don’t block access or force logins to view adult content. Yes, one of the top reasons explaining why TikTok is bad for kids!

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Toxic, harmful content

Most kids would love to cover some trending TikTok song or dance, but the important thing is, you know your child is dancing and singing along to lyrics that contain insults, racism, swear words, and all kinds of horrible words that you can’t quite imagine?

Some typical words like b*tch, n***a, f*** you, etc. or a typical example is Skanky Fishy, ​​many parents have encountered cases of girls as young as 11 years old deliberately posting on TikTok claiming that they have a smelly vagina due to sexual diseases.

As TikTok has many popular songs and anyone can create content (and no content labeling), your child is likely to come across profanity and say inappropriate words with their age.

Risk of being a victim of sexual attackers

Regular use of TikTok, as a viewer or content creator, will increase your child’s risks to scams and being stalked by bad guys (especially sexual attackers). This is even higher for kids who post everything on social media, especially those sexy/explicit materials.

Those sexual attackers can pretend to be a friend, using different tactics to gain your kids’ trust, then making them sext, involving them in sexual conversations, or even asking them to exchange explicit photos and use them to sell or trade.

They can also send links containing pornography or virus software that entered the device.

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Cyberbullying

The number of comments carrying hateful, malicious, hurtful content to others is unimaginable. According to CyberPurify’s personal experience, more of these malicious words and phrases appear on TikTok than on any other social network.

You need to be careful because cyberbullying can leave devastating effects on the victims’ mental health. Depression, anxiety, anger, isolation and stress, and worse, taking your own life. There have been many unfortunate cases that have happened!

recent study found that teenagers who spend a lot of time using smartphones and social media are more likely to have symptoms of depression and suicidal behavior. TikTok has also been linked to anxiety, loneliness, and “fear of missing out” (FOMO).

You may already know how serious those trends are. You can read more about dangerous TikTok challenges at:

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Lots of your data are collected

TikTok collects a huge amount of data, you may already know this, but TikTok data collection goes beyond just collecting information by tracking the types of content your kids like and share on the app.

In its privacy policy, TikTok states that it collects “information you provide in the context of composing, sending, or receiving messages.” Using the word “composing” messages, TikTok not only collates data and messages you share through the app but also matches content your kids have created or written but they have not yet posted or shared.

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Eating disorder

Videos of “What do I eat in a day”, videos of checking body, videos showing girls with extremely thin bodies with comments advocating that eating way, etc. All of which have more or less an effect on your child’s perception of his body.

With image-focused social networks like Instagram or videos like TikTok, the risk of your child comparing his or her body to others is increasing, making them suffer from low self-esteem or forcing themselves into an extreme, unhealthy diet.

Also with TikTok’s algorithm, when your kids watch these content often, similar content will appear more videos about low-calorie food, how to lose weight in 3 days, how to lose weight in a week but no exercise needed, and even eating disorder content.

In short, dangerous and extreme eating habits are being promoted and celebrated on this platform.

How do I keep my child safe on TikTok?

You can’t let your child freely watch and post on TikTok, but you also can’t ban your child from watching/using TikTok, you will limit your child’s connection with friends, access to interesting content, or prohibit your child’s creativity. 

The line between protecting a child and restraining a child is extremely blurring.

However, after reading the article, depending on your child’s problem, if you have fully weighed the strengths and weaknesses and find that TikTok presents more risks than benefits to your child, we recommend that you should not allow your child to use TikTok. 

In that case, you might consider using Wifi Device to automatically protect all Internet devices in your home from TikTok.

How do I keep my child safe on TikTok?

Here are some tips for parents:

  • Familiarize yourself with social media: Don’t be passive, actively update and learn the platforms that are popular with young people. You can know deeply what harms them.
  • Continuously talk to your child about what is and isn’t right for him on social media and the Internet. Remind them to let you know when they see something that concerns them online.
  • Use a content filter: Experts say children under 8 spend 65% of their time on the Internet. Pornographic, horrifying content with psychological health attacks is often directed at viewers who are not yet fully aware of this perception. 

It’s a good thing to take the initiative to educate your children. However, you should use more free online content filtering tools to hide 15 types of harmful content on the Internet (don’t forget that harmful content is not only porn but also murder, terror fathers, ghosts, etc. things that terrify your child).

  • Teaching children soft skills when using the Internet: Raising children to behave, understand and protect themselves is important not only in the real world but also in the virtual world, where both you and your children interact every day.
  • Teach your child about digital footprint: what your child sends or posts will live forever on the Internet and your child is at a very high risk of online sexual assault and falling prey to sexual predators, online sexual assault, blackmail.
  • Watch for unusual signs: staying up too late, staying away from family members, suddenly refusing to use social media, low self-esteem, staying quiet, etc. This could be a sign that your child has been sexually assaulted online or has become a victim of online bullying.

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