TRC to parents: Keep an eye on your children when they use TikTok


Published: 2020-04-26 17:21

Last Updated: 2020-04-26 18:28

TRC to parents: Keep an eye on your children when they use TikTok
TRC to parents: Keep an eye on your children when they use TikTok

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has called on parents to keep an eye on what their children do online, especially when they use the TikTok application.

In a statement issued today, the TRC indicated that according to the statistics received from internet providers in Jordan, the use of TikTok since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis has increased by 25%.

However, global statistics show that there has been a noticeable increase in the use of TikTok by youth and adolescents, as according to the latest statistics of the previous year, the number of downloads has reached 1.5 billion.

Statistics also indicate that users spend 52 minutes on the app. In addition, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 use TikTok several times per day, equivalent to 90% of the users.

The TRC called on parents to pay attention to their children when they use the app due to its ability to penetrate privacy if it was used improperly, as it enables any person to collect personal data including the user's name, phone number, age, date of birth, location, email and other data when the user shares it intentionally or unintentionally. Any of the personal data can be displayed in some way within the videos that the user posts or adds in the comments.

In this regard, the TRC advises people not to add personal information to their accounts on TikTok or any other entertainment application as possible, control the privacy and security settings provided by the applications by not activating the "allow others to find me" feature, and make their accounts private.

TikTok is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms in the world which presents an alternative version of online sharing. It allows users to create short videos with music, filters, and some other features.