It used to be that Sunday morning cartoons and the Oregon Trail were the main things on any kids’ technological radar; followed, of course, by the coming-of-age privilege that was MTV music videos and MSN Messenger. But these days? It’s the Wild West out there and many millennial parents find themselves grappling with tough choices regarding social media use and the effect it has on the growing and oh-so impressionable mind.
So at what age should kids get TikTok? We can smell your anxiety from here, which is why we put a digital safety expert, family therapist and clinical social worker on the hot seat instead. Read on for more about the risks, benefits and parenting strategies that experts have identified with regard to this immensely popular app (you know, so you can do a little better than crossing your fingers and hoping for the best).