Where Instagram posts are typically centered around creating beautiful Photoshopped scenes, posts in TikTok generally present overdone images. For example, girls attempt to look desirable using excessive and clearly overdone makeup. They even admittedly try to gain attention with their videos and memes.
Some girls, known as “egirls,” create posts where they’re playing video games, taunting boys, or listening to sad songs by Billie Eilish.
Our Take on TikTok
Many of the egirls use their internet identities to become what they think boys their age fantasize about. This is a big concern for us at Children’s Ministry Magazine. As kids get more involved with the app and copy their peers, what starts as innocent may quickly become inappropriate.
While TikTok does have a separate section for kids under age 13 and reportedly monitors posts to limit inappropriate content, the app isn’t foolproof. We definitely recommend close adult supervision of any kids who are using the TikTok app.
Editor’s Note: TikTok may seem familiar to you because it merged with the musical.ly app in 2018.
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