Dear parents and carers, we would like to give you the following advice for any children using the Tik Tok app, formerly Musical.ly

TikTok has a reputation for being unusually free of trolling and danger. But you may have seen news reports or heard concerns about some users harassing children for nude images and videos.

What should you look out for?
• User profiles which talk about ‘trading’ or swapping pictures/videos
• Use of emojis that are commonly considered to be sexually suggestive (such as the aubergine)
• Hashtags, such as #tradefortrade, which clearly suggest the user is looking to trade illicit content
• The lyrical content of some songs – parents have raised concerns that it’s not always age-appropriate

The full article of advice can be read by clicking Tik Tok. May I remind you the app is recommended for ages 13 and above.

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