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My 11-year-old son came home from school a few weeks ago and said, “Dad, I saw something weird on a friend’s phone today.” Upon further conversation, he shared that while this friend watched TikTok videos, he stumbled upon some inappropriate content and showed it to others around him. Thankfully, my son opened up about it with me, and we were able to have a positive albeit serious conversation.

As a student pastor for the past 13 years, I’ve witnessed the impact of cell phone use on our youth and now upon my own family. It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends in cell phone apps, but one of the most popular is TikTok. TikTok is a social media platform that allows people to edit videos, lip-sync, and create videos to post and share. Most users are between 14 and 24, but anyone can sign up. The videos on it are usually under a minute long, but users scroll for hours watching them. A lot of the content on TikTok is harmless, but there are some dangers parents need to be aware of. Here are 3 dangers of TikTok to monitor if you allow your child to have the app.

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