Parents warned predators are using new app TikTok to groom kids
21 February 2019, 12:37 | Updated: 21 February 2019, 13:34
An investigation has found that kids as young as eight are being targeted via the app.
A new investigation has found that sexual predators are using popular social media app TikTok to target young kids.
The app is relatively new in comparison to other social media sites but is growing in popularity and now has more users than Snapchat.
When signed up to the platform users can post videos of themselves which are broadcast to other users who can message them directly.
Within minutes of investigators from The Sun logging in to the app, they found disturbing messages being posted under videos of young school children.
One parent told the publication that he was shocked by what he found when he used his 10-year-old son's account.
He said: “His phone kept flashing up like someone had messaged. I kept seeing this same man’s name coming up.
“The messages he received said ‘hello are you there?’, ‘stop f***ing ignoring me’, then he said ‘I will find you’, ‘where are you?’ He was sending these messages to a ten-year-old. Denver was terrified.
“The person had a picture. I didn’t report it to police because I deleted the app, I wish I had told the police but I was keen to just get rid of it.
“I went on to my son’s phone to look at what had been sent and I looked at the content.
“He’s only ten…there must be a way for them to get parents’ permission to get on it. But there’s no way of them verifying their age.
“I had to tell him that not everyone in the world is nice and people do use these sites to send horrible messages and threaten people and stuff."
The revelations about the app will come as a concern for parents whose kids have been using the social media site ranked as 7th in the Apple charts ahead of Netflix, Snapchat and Spotify.