With Schools Closed, What Are Children Doing Online?

In place of the traditional classroom, children are now keeping in touch with their teacher and classmates through online meetings via either Zoom, Google Meet, or Blackboard Collaborate. In addition to outdoor activities like biking, hiking or skateboarding, children still find additional time to explore and experience social media. The following is another guest post from my daughter. It is another article that she wrote for her school's newspaper. It is about TikTok.

What is TikTok?
TikTok is an app for people to learn and post. Some of you may know that TikTok has dances. But that is just one part of it, there are many other things to do on TikTok, for example, comedy, art, and sports. TikTok is a way to express yourself with a post. TikTok can be for ages 10 and older. But if you are not 12 or older there are minor changes, your account would be private, and you would not be able to see some videos.

What do you do on TikTok?  
TikTok can be used for a lot of things. TikTok can be a place to express yourself with your talents! As I said, many people do many things. So you can show your talent on TikTok whether it is math or dancing, you will be able to do it. 

What not to do on TikTok?
TikTok is a social media platform, and there are people out there that can steal personal information. That is why it is important not to give too much information about yourself. People can also be really insulting, and you just have to ignore them. Though there are solutions. You can block anyone that makes you feel uncomfortable. Now, giving too much information about yourself can be troublesome. Personal information should not be shared.

What is a Digital Footprint?
Some of you may know what a digital footprint is. You know, when you step on the beach it leaves a print of your foot? Well it is the same thing with a digital footprint. If you post something online, it will leave a mark! People can save the video or screen shot it. So you have to be careful on what you post. You can end up hurting someone else's feelings! So think carefully before you post a video.

Who is on TikTok?
Well a lot of people you might be a fan of, have TikTok! Maybe your favorite singer, artist, dancer, poet, or comedian is on TikTok! You could also discover new people. For example, many people did not know Charli D'amelio before TikTok! But now she has over 2 billion likes! TikTok has many people you may like! This is why it is a fun app. Here are some famous people you may know: Jimmy Fallon, LeBron James, and Selena Gomez. TikTok is an amazing app for discovery. 

What are Tik Tok Dances? 
Some of you may know TikTok dances., For those who don’t, TikTok has people who express themselves with dancing. Some of them even create dances! One of the most popular dances is “renegade,” created by Charli D’amelio, who now has the most followers on TikTok. There are also lots of other dances on TikTok. In my opinion, TikTok is a good way to learn dances.

My opinion is TikTok is a great app to learn and discover new talents, people, and trends. But you still have to be careful about what you post, especially personal information. Sometimes people can be hurtful. But you just have to ignore and move on. TikTok is a great place to express your talents, and a wonderful place to learn new things! It can be for everyone whether you're into sports or into dance! It is a fun way to bring smiles to peoples faces.