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Kids go around age verification

Kids can easily bypass the age verification on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and WhatsApp lying about their age, according to a new research study. New 2021 study reveals that social media do not stop kids from lying about their age.

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TikTok made safer, but not safe!

TikTok is the internet sensation that became kids and teens favourite in 2020 through 2021. TikTok is easy to set up and ease, it is well designed and has blown Instagram away but not Snapchat. If you haven't tried it yourself, try it and you will see what I mean.

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TikTok deliberately thwarts 'LGBT, Overweight & Disabled' people.

TikTok is the flavour of the month. Formerly known as Musicaly.ly until Chinese Company Bytedance bought it in 2018. Merged with the Bytedance product Douhin, and was relaunched as TikTok. TikTok rules the waves now, putting everyone else in the shade including Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube with Instagram suffering the most.

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Don't use TikTok if you want to be safe!

Bytedance has been blessed with the success of TikTok, however, success brings critics, political battles with Donald Trump, rebuke from Police Forces worldwide, accusations that stalkers, weirdos are grooming kids on the portal and allegations they don't care about user safety at all.  Aside from that, it's going great.

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VPNs, V-Bucks, Fortnite, TikTok, Internet safety explained.

Kids bamboozled you with VPNs and V-Bucks? Makes you feel a bit out of your parenting depth keeping the kids safe online. Surveys find somewhere between half and a third of parents give up and let their kids use the internet without any restrictions. Don't give up!

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Ten TikTok Tips and parental control to keep your kids safe on TikTok.

Ten TikTok Tips for TikTok safety, 10 tips parents can use to help keep teenagers safer online, on TikTok. TikTok is the controversial short-form video platform with editing, effects, and sounds to develop great fun memes along with creative content.

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‘If your Teen has several thousand followers she will get bullied’ Mark Zuckerburg, Founder, Facebook.

Facebook research says people using fake names & profiles are 5 times more likely to bully others. To protect their users they delete over 2 billion accounts every quarter. The Policeman’s Guide to happy social media for kids developed by the ‘City of Tokyo Police’ and copied by Police Forces worldwide. It is a simple plan for protecting young kids who love social media. This approach is based on a simple philosophy.

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THE TROUBLE WITH TIKTOK

How to set up TikTok
 

The Sun Newspaper in London has issued a stark investigation about TikTok, suggesting it is completely unfit for purpose for children, whilst the article is poorly written, there is a strong grain of truth in it. TikTok has grown hugely since its former life ad Music.ly. Now known as TikTok and in Chinese ownership for the last two year.

The problem is quite simple. TikTok’s minimum age is 13, Tiktok does nothing during the sign-up process to check  - meaning huge numbers of children join below the required age with no legal protection. TikTok also serves adverts and recommendations which may not be suitable for children. Families will find it is difficult to contact TikTok to get videos taken down.

Even truthful 13-year-olds are then given an option to make their accounts public.

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Internet Safety Talks for Teens - 1st & 2nd Year (12-14 years old)

We chat about the following internet safety topics, social media platforms and how to stay safe online. Talks are delivered via Zoom to classroom or students at home with Teacher moderation. Proofing very effective for Schools, Parents and beneficial for Kids.

Classes are available internationally, presented in English. We have presented over 500 talks to Schools in the Middle East, UK Ireland, Europe, Africa and even the US army in Europe. 

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Internet Parenting, What can I do? What's my responsibility?

The internet has a huge influence in our day to day lives – impacting us both negatively and positively.

Although it’s hard to control internet usage, there are steps you can take to manage the amount of control it has over your household. Our internet safety talks for kids and parents being one of them.

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