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Monitor your child’s use of social media

Many of you know about a popular new app called TikTok.

Even if you don’t use TikTok, you might have seen a cranberry juice drinking skateboarder or cute dance videos on the news. The drinking cranberry juice while skateboarding was recreated by Mick Flatwood himself, causing other celebrities to join the trend.

Some TikTok creators are teaching kids, giving them tips and helping them to cope with the pandemic.

But TikTok has a dark side. There is rampant bullying that is harmful to kids.

It is a real danger to their mental health and well being. Being attacked online is a scary place to be, especially if you are an insecure child. These trolls take it as far as hacking the child’s phone and locating their address to scare them.

In extreme cases, internet trolls have directed children to commit suicide. Sadly, some have been successful in causing a child to end their life at a young age.

If you are a parent, I encourage you to make sure your child is not a victim of online bullying. With the current pandemic, kids are spending more time than ever online.

Because of that, parents should carefully monitor TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and other forms of social media as this is not just happening on one platform.

Please make sure your kids are safe and protected. Doing so will help them to be happy confident, productive, and successful.

Beyond that, it might just save their lives.

Kassidy Adejah Harvey

Altoona

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