TikTok app worries parents most when it comes to online safety, reveals survey

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12th March 2020 15:19 - Media and PR

TikTok app worries parents most when it comes to online safety: A survey of parents asking them about their thoughts around social media has found that TikTok gives parents the most cause for concern, with just a third believing their child is safe using the platform. Nine out of 10 parents surveyed (92%) believe developers should make the video-sharing app safer for the children who use it.

The OnBuy.com survey of 1,862 parents with children under the age of 17 also found that eight in ten parents (81%) are worried about their child using Instagram, followed by YouTube (55%) and Snapchat (54%).

When asked how safe they feel their child is online, 89% of parents said they are worried. However, two-thirds (67%) admitted to allowing their child to take their phone to bed with them, with one in four admitting they do not monitor how their child is using social media, and a quarter (24%) unable to say if their child’s social media accounts are set to private. 

Only 64% of parents said they were sure that their children were using a private account when they were on social media. 

Of all the things parents worried about when thinking about their child navigating the online world, predators were the top fear, followed by sexual exploitation/explicit content, and then cyberbullying. 

In fourth place came 'dangerous viral challenges' followed by 'dangerous propaganda', 'virtual coin payment' and 'animal abuse'.

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