If you have any children or teens or teach them, odds are you know that they’re using the TikTop app at high rates. The chat app allows for immediate live streaming, anonymous texting, and picture- and video-sharing.
It’s Chinese-owned and worth billions of dollars, largely because of the number of children and teens using it on a daily basis. Many of them like it because it’s so easy to conceal from parents and teachers, and because it’s fast, minimalist, and user-friendly.
But many activists and internet safety advocates say that the TikTok app has a dark side. It’s actually, many suggest, a hunting ground for pedophiles.
Read on to learn about common disturbing trends on TikTok and how children are being targeted by predators on the app.
Why TikTok is a Hunting Ground for Pedophiles
TikTok is popular among pedophiles primarily due to its ease of use and anonymity. It’s free and simple to use, meaning that just about anyone can pick it up and start using it immediately.
Although the app claims to be meant only for users who are 13 and over, no proof is required to download or use the TikTok app. This means that many of the users are not only under 18, but under 13 as well.
TikTok also has few privacy protections for users. Children and teens often use TikTok to share pictures, videos, and live streaming “stories” throughout the day. Unless they set their accounts to private, anyone can see their live streams and other content from any corner of the globe for free (and without having to enter any private information, such as a legal name or location).
Many pedophiles, some activists allege, log in to watch and attempt to prey on young children.