By Tracy Elizabeth, Minor Safety Policy Lead, TikTok
At TikTok, we recognise the challenge guardians face parenting in the digital age with countless devices and apps available to families today. Keeping teens educated and safe requires collaboration among parents, experts, governments, and platforms. In that spirit, today we're rolling out our refreshed Safety Centre with new guides and resources aimed at supporting digital safety conversations among families. Our goal is to make it easy for parents to understand how TikTok works and the tools they can use to create the best experience for their family.
A Guardian's Guide to TikTok
As we work to support families on our platform, we're introducing the Guardian's Guide, a one-stop-shop to learn all about TikTok. This includes how to get started on the platform, our safety and privacy tools, such as our Family Pairing features, and additional resources to address common online safety questions. We understand that every teen and family is different, which is why we offer a range of choices and settings to empower parents and caregivers who are looking for easy ways to engage in their teen's life online.
Bullying education and prevention resources
TikTok is a global community that thrives on creativity and expression, and it's critical that people feel safe to express themselves without fear of bullying or harassment. To educate families and the broader TikTok community on ways to protect against the harms of online bullying, we've developed a bullying prevention guide in partnership with a range of experts, including the Cyberbullying Research Center, Net Family News, Dolly's Dream, Project Rockit and TikTok's US Content Advisory Council. The guide offers information to help people identify bullying, tools to combat harrassment, and local resources to get help if someone is being bullied.
Videos on our approach to platform safety
Our approach to safety spans policies, products, and partners as we build a community where creativity and creative expression can thrive. Our Safety Centre now offers parents and guardians a look into our safety ecosystem through new videos on how we approach safety, our Community Guidelines, and resources available to them.
Information about our work with experts
We are at our strongest when we work together, which is why we've developed important relationships with leading safety experts. The updated Safety Centre connects our community to information about TikTok and resources on a range of topics, such as media literacy and digital well-being, which we developed with experts at organisations including the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s eSmart Media Literacy Lab, Butterfly Foundation, Live for Tomorrow and Lifeline.
Our Safety Centre is an important part of how we can support families on TikTok. That's why we make it accessible to everyone directly from their settings and other parts of our app. We continue to invest in new ways to maintain a safe and welcoming platform and are committed to earning the trust of our TikTok community every time they open the app. For more information, check out our Safety Centre.