TikTok Takes Stock on Youth Digital Safety, Expands Safety Resources for Parents

TikTok aims to bridge the disconnect between parents & youth in a dialogue with industry experts

Recognising the challenges of parenting in the digital age, TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile videos, today introduced refreshed safety resources to guide parents in becoming more equipped digital stewards and help them better understand their children’s online experiences

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Commission (MCMC) who shared insights on Malaysia’s online safety landscape and best practices for youth to respond to unwanted internet experiences.

Trust and open communication are key defences for online safety

As much as safety resources and guides are crucial for parents to protect their children, trust and open communication is key when it comes to having digital safety and security conversations among families. Sharing the perspective of parents, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, Chairman of Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) believes that parents should not feel the need to spy or stalk their teens.

Guide for parents to stay vigilant and relevant

Set Appropriate Limits

Digital parenting is not about controlling your teen's use of technology but rather helping them balance their time on social media platforms. TikTok specifically has a range of safety features that can help your teen, aged 13 and over, maintain their digital wellbeing. First and foremost, it is worthwhile to link your TikTok account to your children's via the Family Pairing tool - this allows you to directly manage key safety controls such as direct messages and comments on your teen's account. TikTok also offers a Screen Time Management feature as part of our Digital Wellbeing offerings that enable time limits of up to 2 hours and curates age-appropriate experiences.

Discuss Privacy

It is critical that teen understands online privacy as a fundamental human right. Talk to children about the value of their personal information and have them understand the concept of a digital footprint – that everything they do online will leave a permanent and traceable digital trail. Help them set strict boundaries around their online community interactions to prevent the privacy breaches that can come from oversharing personal information or hacking. TikTok has enhanced default privacy settings for all registered accounts ages 13-15 to private. With a private TikTok account, only someone who the user approves as a follower can view their videos. TikTok wants younger users to be able to make informed choices about what and with whom they choose to share. By engaging them early in their privacy journey, we can enable them to make more deliberate decisions about their online privacy

Discuss Cyberbullying

Parents should keep the lines of communication open while asking about their teen’s online experiences, the kinds of things they see online and talk about with friends, or whether they are having any issues with peers and others. Parents should also ask regularly and specifically about cyberbullying and if they or a friend of theirs have had any such experience. Take the time to learn about TikTok's new anti-cyberbullying features that give users even more control over their content and the interactions they receive.

Educate on Dis-/Mis-information

The pandemic has only highlighted how fast fake news, which is designed to look like trustworthy information, can spread. Encourage your teen to analyse what they see and spread on social media and remind them to fact-check information sources. Talk to your teen about online influencers and product placements that they might see and discuss how these messages might affect them. TikTok recently developed a new resource for the Safety Centre dedicated to challenges and hoaxes. This includes advice for parents to address the uncertainty and validity of potentially harmful challenges. TikTok is currently improving the language used in warning labels for content related to harmful challenges or hoaxes. A new prompt will encourage community members to visit the Safety Centre to learn more, and should people search for hoaxes linked to suicide or self-harm, additional resources will now be displayed in search.

Agree on Family Tech Boundaries

Parents are encouraged to set a clear "Family Tech Agreement" on when and where the whole family can access and use digital devices. This includes setting device-free zones and times such as during family meals or during weekend mornings. These rules need to be mutually agreeable with clear consequences for breaking them - and apply to parents too

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