Continuing its efforts to promote a safe and positive environment online, TikTok has developed a new Family Safety Toolkit in partnership with the DQ Institute.
Within the Toolkit, parents will find a list of digital parenting tips that they can refer to when setting guidelines for their teen’s safe and responsible use of TikTok and other apps. There’s a simple and practical guide for how to use TikTok’s Family Safety Tools in order to put these digital parenting tips into practice.
10 digital parenting tips:
- Check your child’s tech readiness
Parents should make sure their child is older than the app’s intended age limit. Teens are also encouraged to check their DQ score through the Family Safety Toolkit to test their level of digital citizenship. This also tests whether or not they are ready to use apps safely and responsibly.
- Agree on family tech boundaries
Encourage teens to come with an agreement for when and where they can access and use their digital devices as well as what content they can watch, use, and play.
- Set smart limits on screen time
Setting screen time limits can help teens develop self-control and time management skills. This also benefits their overall health and wellbeing.
- Talk about cyber-bullying
Parents should regularly engage in open and honest conversations about cyber-bullying. Ask your teens if they or any of their friends have experienced or witnessed this online.
- Talk about privacy
Teens need to understand the value of online privacy and learn about digital footprint management and cybersecurity management. It’s also important for parents to encourage them to read privacy policies carefully before signing into any apps or websites.
- Have a conversation about risky contacts and content
Parents should remind teens to be careful of risky content online, such as violence and hate speech, as well as risky contact like exploitation, online grooming, and unwanted sexual contact.
- Talk about sexting
The consequences of sharing intimate images and messages online need to be made clear to teens, and parents need to be able to talk to their children about this. If possible, parents should check if their teen has been requested to share sensitive messages and content with anyone, and if so, act fast to minimize risk of harm.
- Talk about dis-/misinformation
With all the fake news circulating online, parents should teach teens to think critically and distinguish between dis-/misinformation and legitimate facts.
- Connect with support networks
Developing a good support and protection network around a teen can help them keep safe from cyber-risk situations. This circle can include parents, family members, educators, and other experts.
- Make videos together
TikTok is fun and easy to use, and creating content together with their teens is a great way for parents to get involved, learn about their interests, and understand them better.