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I’m 40 (something) and Addicted to TikTok

But, I can’t be the only one, right? Right?

Being stuck in quarantine for the last (X) # of days (I’ve honestly lost count!) has resulted in a few things…

For starters, there are no real “days”. Meaning, I have no idea what day it is. Truly. Thank goodness I have a calendar and a pen to mark each day with an “X”, or I’d be all over the place.

Secondly, the kids. They are everywhere. All the time. Every day. I love them dearly, but dear baby Jesus, a mom needs her “ME” time. So, that’s where TikTok comes in. When I’m flustered and crazed, I grab my phone and look at my #foryourpage to see what’s happening in the world. You know, with other people. šŸ˜‰

I remember just a few months ago, I was giving my 16-year-old nephew a hard time for being so fixated with TikTok and now look at me… I’m obsessed! It’s my happy place, and it’s just good fun. I’ve already “met” some other great moms who are loving it just as much as I am, all the while trying not to take life too seriously, all while remembering to LAUGH. #momsoftiktok all the way!

Yes, I’ve already uploaded a few videos, but NO, I’m not TikTok famous yet. Do I want to be? I have no idea. I just want to have FUN. And, posting silly videos to crazy music, with some (eventually) dance moves here and there, if people enjoy it enough to make my videos go all the way to being “TikTok Famous”, so be it. But, that’s not my goal. And, certainly not my intention. Again, it’s just FUN. And, yes… ADDICTING!

Want to join the fun and see what all the fuss is about? Join me on the crazy train!

Is TikTok safe for kids?

For other moms out there, having kids use the app, or even posting videos to the app, isn’t as bad as others may have told you. TikTok has a privacy policy for those under the age of 13, which you can’t say for Facebook or Instagram. And, there’s more…

If done right from the get-go, you can set up an actual kid-friendly account for your child. It starts with the sign-up section:

Notice the birth year is for a child under the age of 13

Everyone has to provide their birthday when signing up for an account, and based on your birth year, TikTok will specifically curate content based on what is deemed appropriate for your child’s age. But wait, there’s more…

Anyone under the age of 13 is automatically assigned a private account, meaning your child can’t follow other creators, and they can’t be followed either. They won’t even be able to see the content library posted by an individual, purely due to the curation standards for a young child. Even the ‘sounds’ section is altered, and all explicit music is removed. They can’t even attempt to find the “Savage” song. And, to top that off, there’s even a “wellbeing” setting where you can set up “restricted mode” which adds extra filters on top of setting up a screen time limit locked with a 4 digit code (for the parents). So, it’s pretty tame if you ask me. I’ve been monitoring my son’s feed and all the videos I’ve seen him view seem to be quite innocent, and he’s always laughing, so that’s a win! And you know what, he’s learned a thing or two!

Here’s the thing though, if you just willy nilly allow your child to set up an account and fib on the birthday, yes, your underage child will very likely see content NOT appropriate at all. That’s where proper parenting comes in. šŸ™‚ You will want to make sure they aren’t posting inappropriate content as well. My son hasn’t even attempted this just yet, as he’s just enjoying scrolling through the videos.

So, there you have it, folks. I’m addicted to TikTok and have somehow managed to pull in my 7-year-old son as well. No shame here! We’re enjoying the laughter and sharing all the cool videos we come across, and we sprinkle in a bit of attempting the dance routines, but I’m not yet ready to show the world my moves just yet.

Happy TikToking!

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Wife of 1. Mother of 2. Career Driven. Amazon & šŸŽ snob. ā¤ļø New šŸŽ„ & šŸŒ® Tuesday. Eternal Optimist. Blogger. Wanna Be DIY'er. Not So Serious. Everything is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! šŸ˜Ž

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