TikTok is in effect the replacement for Musical.ly and this app seems to have developed a big following in the last few weeks. It is not “more dangerous” than some other apps, but to help keep our children safe it would be wise to draw parents attention to current advice. Parents are advised – as with other apps to help their child review their privacy settings and to be aware that: “Even with a private account, profile information – including profile photo, username, and bio – will be visible to all users. Counsel your teen not to reveal personal information such as age, address, or phone number in his/her profile.”
We would like to take the opportunity to remind parents about some online dangers faced by our young people. Apps and websites can be a great tool for youngsters to find out about the world, but some areas of the internet are not always safe for children. Our children are sometimes called “Digital Natives” – they are growing up in a world surrounded by social media, they seem very comfortable when adults are sometimes much more nervous of the technology. Children are naive, they are still learning about the world and sometimes they can be taken advantage of by predatory adults.
Durham Police have once again been involved in an investigation where school children may have potentially been exploited so, to try and prevent any re-occurrence, we would like to suggest the following: