Online safety: Musical.ly changes to Tik Tok

A note for parents that the social media app Musical.ly has now changed to Tik Tok.

The popular app for lip singing (lip sync) has been purchased by a Chinese company called ByteDance and in August they removed the Musical.ly service, but before doing so they transferred all user accounts into an app
called Tik Tok.

It’s quite similar to Musical.ly for the most part; a different interface but the same short-form videos that can last up to 15 seconds.

Is Tik Tok – including Musical.ly appropriate for children?
Because of Tik Tok’s emphasis on popular music, many videos include swearing and sexual lyrics, so it may not be age-appropriate for kids to use on their own. It’s also easy to find people wearing revealing clothing and dancing suggestively.

What age is Tik Tok – including Musical.ly recommended for?
Common Sense recommends the app for age 16+ mainly due to the privacy issues and mature content. Tik Tok requires that users be at least 13 years old to use the app and that anyone under the age of 18 must have approval of a parent or guardian.

Extracts from Ditto magazine and Common Sense Media.

Read more about the app and more online safety news from the Ditto Magazine – click here.

As a proud award-winning online safety school, we always like to ensure our parents are regularly updated with this free online safety magazine put together by Alan Mackenzie. He is an Online Safety expert who we work with at our school.

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