Our lives are today inseparable from social media and many of us take to apps such as TikTok to take a break, watch some fun videos, and share the content that is both fun and educational.
If you’re a regular TikTok user, then you need to remember that along with having fun, it is essential to stay safe and ensure that your friends and followers are also safe on TikTok.
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Follow these important steps and keep your TikTok experience safe:
Click “download off” option: If you are a regular poster of TikTok videos, you will be aware of the fact that you can post any type of content you can, as long as it is within TikTok’s community guidelines. Whether it is a video that involves your dog or one where you are sharing educational content amongst your list of followers, views are assured, but you may want to remember to turn off the ‘Download Video’ option if you’re concerned about having these videos freely available on other social media platforms.
Be careful when it comes to taking videos of children: TikTok has a minimum age-group cut off of 13 years as part of its age-gate feature, but there are chances that you may want to post a video of a younger sibling, a niece or nephew, or your own child on TikTok. While there are well-meaning individuals who may think this is cute or hilarious, there are some anti-social elements who may misuse the video that you have posted on your TikTok profile.
Immediately report abuse: For every 19 positive comments, social media is always full of one negative comment that gets seen more than the positive comments. If you chance upon such negativity on your TikTok profile or on the TikTok profile of your friend or loved one, report it immediately. Abusive comments could range from derogatory language to graphic comments. You need to be mindful and stay alert! Remember, safety is a shared responsibility and you can do your bit to make places like TikTok even safer.
Block the abusers: TikTok, like all social media sites, has its set of Community Guidelines. Violation of these guidelines can get your account blocked and your content permanently deleted. Also, TikTok India follows the rules and guidelines set by the Information Technology Act put forth by the Government of India. Be mindful of the comments you receive and the content you share and take affirmative action to report.
Know of the digital wellbeing feature: TikTok has a digital wellbeing section that has several features, including the ability to allow users to control time spent on TikTok, as well as to limit the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
If you adhere to all these guidelines, you’ll be sure to have a safe and enjoyable experience on TikTok. If you not, then maybe it’s time to start, take a few minutes out and update your account setting to improve your online safety as well as your digital wellbeing.