TikTok is an app that allows users to share short 15 second videos, and it has really taken off with teens. Based on an app originally called Musical.ly, which originated from China, it was renamed TikTok in 2018 and today is one of the most popular apps in the world.
If you have young teens at home and have noticed that they seem to always be doing cutesy dance steps and inventing short dance routines, chances are they have caught the TikTok dance bug.
So what is TikTok Dance?
TikTok is designed as an easy way to make and share video clips. It enables you to download music and then add your own choreography and dance steps to make your very own dance music video that everyone can see or share.
There are numerous TikTok dances and challenges available. Some TikTok social media stars have millions of followers – and many TikTok followers learn their TikTok dances directly from seeing these stars do them first.
However, you don’t have to copy anyone else’s TikTok dance. You can devise your own movements alone or with your friends and then post your very own TikTok dance on social media.
TikTok dance is designed for going viral. Everybody wants to be the next big internet craze, and for kids, this ambition seems perfectly possible. Some TikTok users can quickly become stars, and although there are millions of other users online, if you hit the right tune, the right dance and have the right look, there’s no real reason why you shouldn’t become a TikTok celebrity too.
What is TikTok dance used for?
TikTok is all about having fun and expressing yourself. It has really taken off during the coronavirus lockdown as children are mainly stuck at home and looking for something to do. It is open to everyone aged 13 and over.
But you don’t have to be a 14 year old girl with a dance routine. Anyone can use TikTok, and you don’t only have to make your video about dance. However, TikTok is mainly used by this younger demographic, and dance is the most popular category of videos.
Is TikTok expensive?
TikTok is a free app and costs nothing to use. There are ways of monetizing successful and popular videos but for most users, this app is free to use and does not provide you with any real income.
So who is using TikTok?
Celebrities have been fast to get in on the TikTok act, but in general this app is most popular with younger teens both in terms of creating and viewing video content.
Is TikTok safe?
Overall TikTok is relatively safe and kid friendly. At the time of writing this, there is very little adult content and for most users, so this app is a lot of fun and is safe to use. If you do have a TikTok dance obsessed kid, just make sure that they are not posting anything that could be seen as overtly sexy and make sure their privacy settings are set only to friends. There have been concerns about online grooming by potential child predators via TikTok, so as with any type of social media it is important to stay safe.