Five ways to protect yourself from online bullying on TikTok

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Five ways to protect yourself from online bullying on TikTok

The online space is a complex universe where excessive amounts of information packaged in various formats is exchanged at any given point in time. Expressing oneself creatively, connecting with like-minded individuals and sharing an array of posts that enlighten and educate people on diverse topics is what makes social media platforms a lively and vibrant place. There is, however, the bane of online bullying, which comes in various forms. From an unwanted derogatory comment to massive trolling filled with jibes, users have been at the receiving end of some serious threats across cyberspace. Practicing caution while using the app, and using appropriate restrictions is therefore a safe and smart thing to do.

Here are five ways in which users can handle unwanted interaction in the TikTok community.

  1. Privacy is bliss: This is true for both your offline and online existence. Filtering out your followers empowers you to keep things clean and avoid any form of bullying. Choosing to make your account private gives you the opportunity to approve or deny followers and restrict your uploaded content to the ones you want to interact and connect with.
  1. Duet it right: We know you love your duets! But practicing caution with creativity can shield you from unwanted company and reactions to your video. The app has an option that lets you decide who you want to make duets with. This can be further filtered with either choosing one setting for all your videos or make that decision for each video individually. Most importantly, TikTok empowers its users with letting them take the control of who can react to their videos.
  1. Hit the delete button: While you do have an option to control who can comment on your videos in general by adjusting your privacy settings, there is always a chance of someone from your follower universe turning into a bully. In such a case, you can delete the comment posted on your videos by simply tapping and holding the comment and choosing “delete.” Furthermore, you also have the option to delete a fan at any time, or permanently block a user from being able to view your content or send you messages.
  1. Support system: You must remember that you are not alone in the online world. If someone continues to harass you or is otherwise being inappropriate, even after you have modified your app settings, then you have the option of reporting them to our moderation team. The comment or situation will be reviewed, and appropriate action will be taken in case of a violation. Extending the support to the larger TikTok community, you can also help another user, who is being bullied. Parents can sit with their teens to help them manage their account settings and navigate their online experience holistically. Additionally, when all else fails and someone continues to pose a real threat to you or another user, immediately call the police or local law enforcement for help.
  1. Disabling the download video: As a part of the “Privacy and Safety” settings in TikTok, there is a “Who can Download my Video” option. Here you can set the download options for your video which range from everyone, to nobody. This feature avoids any misuse of content.

As a part of TikTok’s ongoing commitment to online safety in India, it has also launched a video on its safety features that you can view here- TikTok’s industry leading safety features in India

Five tips to help your teen safely enjoy TikTok

Being a parent can be overwhelming and even more so in the age of social media and content creation platforms. While the life of a teen today cannot be devoid of apps, parental supervision is vital to safeguard them from any unpleasant experience online.  Most of the time when parents try to be an active participant in their teen’s life, they tend to misinterpret it as undue interference. But, when it comes to their online life, your guidance is essential and can be invaluable, so don’t hold back!  Besides starting the conversation early on about internet safety and online privacy, here are 5 tips that can help you keep your child safe and make them enjoy the creative social media experience.

  1.   Community Guidelines & messaging: Make use of the community guidelines just like you would use a new product manual to understand various aspects of TikTok. These guidelines define a common code of conduct on the platform and allows users to help maintain a safe shared space. Additionally, while messaging can be a great way to trade creative ideas with other users, on TikTok only your teen’s followers can send them a private message. Your teen can unfollow or block a user to curtail an individual’s ability to send a DM, or disable messaging entirely from their privacy settings.
  2.   Set limits: As by default a TikTok account is public, make it a point to enable the private account setting as soon as your teen signs up with us. Privacy settings will empower them to approve or deny follower requests and restrict the viewers of their content. We also offer an option to filter out the content that you would deem unfit for your child. If a user is being subjected to a video that they don’t want to watch, then simply long-press on that video and tap ‘Not Interested’ to see less of that sort of video in the future.
  3.   Curfew and company: Like bedtime curfew, our feature – Screen Time Management, which is part of TikTok’s Digital Wellbeing offerings can work as a curfew on daily use of the app. Activated with a passcode it can be enabled for various time limits up to two hours. At the device level, screen time can also be managed directly through parental controls in Android and iOS device settings. Since the app is fun and easy to use, you can join your teenager to spend some quality fun time together, create memories and gauge their interests.
  4.   Controlling comments and duets: The TikTok app gives your teen the power to control the comments section. Either in the account setting or for each individual video they create, your child can decide whether they want to allow comments on their videos from everyone, followers only – or restrict them altogether. Comment filters and setting a custom list of keywords will automatically block any unwanted attention. Similarly, your teen can control who they want to make duets with, which is a fun way to create videos with another user.
  5.   Report violations: The TikTok community embraces creativity, values support and positivity and welcomes unique, positive contributions to the platform. If your teen comes across any content that they believe is spam or is a misuse of the app then they can report the same to us with your help.

As a part of TikTok’s ongoing commitment to online safety in India, it has also launched a video on its safety features that you can view here-TikTok’s industry leading safety features in India