Type of Resource


Publication Date

June 23, 2023


Social Media and Apps / Video and Livestreaming 

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a video sharing social media platform used to create and share short form videos. TikTok has over 3 billion downloads worldwide. Its videos are known for viral dance trends, challenges, lip syncing, and comedy.

The app became popular with children and young people during the first UK wide COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

Users can sign up to the app using their phone number, Facebook account, Instagram account, or e-mail address. However, anyone can watch videos on the app without being logged in.

Core Functions

Age Requirements

TikTok rules (Terms and Conditions of Service) require users to be 13 or older to use the app with parental consent. In April 2020, TikTok announced that it would ban users under 16 from using its private messaging function. The ban is based on a user’s date of birth provided during sign up, meaning the ban will not work where young people have lied about their age. There is also no effective age verification to prevent banned users from creating a different account to avoid the ban.


Safety Settings

Top Tips

Deleting your TikTok account

TikTok provide the option to delete a personal account, but this action is permanent. Once an account is deleted, the user can’t log back into TikTok and will lose any items previously purchased as well as the videos posted.

Further Resources

Welcome to the Online Safety Hub

How old are you?

If you are under 18, click the blue button below to visit the Online Safety Hub micro-site for children and young people.