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TikTok Releases New Cyber Safety Tips Initiatives in Celebration of Internet Safety Month

TikTok has released a series of new online safety guidelines developed in collaboration with various partner advisers in preparatory of Internet Safety Month in June, as well as a new cybersecurity toolkit for families to help effectively convey the online safety message.

TikTok has established five fundamental guidelines to assist users stay secure when browsing and interacting online, in collaboration with ConnectSafely, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA), the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), and the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA).

The following are some helpful suggestions from TikTok:

  1. Surf smart - Use caution when connecting to unsecured public Wi-Fi on the go. Be sure to set strong, unique passwords on all accounts, and enable 2-step verification for an added layer of security

  2. Keep it all in the family - Check out TikTok’s easy-to-use safety and privacy controls with tools to customize your online experience

  3. Catch the right fish - Phishing is a tactic used to trick people into giving up personal information. Avoid opening, downloading, or clicking links and attachments from unrecognized senders

  4. Leave no trace - Keep all devices and apps updated with the latest software and offload unused apps. Before trading in devices, back up personal data like photos or videos, and erase all content and settings to keep personal information private

  5. Play, watch, and learn together - Download apps, watch videos, play games, and stay engaged as a family to foster camaraderie across generations

TikTok also recommends that users consult its New User Guide for further information on how to use TikTok safely and utilize its privacy and security features.

TikTok has also developed an in-app Discover page dedicated to Summertime safety advice, which will provide a variety of fundamental safety tools and security suggestions from prominent TikTok creators and professionals.

Furthermore, TikTok is working on a new security toolkit in conjunction with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), which will deliver a step-by-step guide on how users may create solid cybersecurity habits.

Internet safety is a major concern for parents, considering the increasing time spent online by children during the last two years while we coped with the pandemic. That isn't done yet, as many teenagers have begun to rely on digital apps to stay in touch with friends, highlighting the need for cybersecurity education and training where feasible to keep them secure.

With kids going online and are potential targets for unethical activities on the web, makes projects like this vital to be performed. And the fact that the material comes from TikTok itself might make the lessons even more appealing to kids, increasing the chances for them to take these in.

TikTok has taken a good step forward with this initiative, and even these basic five principles offer sound advice for online safety.

More information regarding TikTok's Internet Safety Month initiatives may be found here.

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