“They agreed on a few steps parents could take now: Set limits, especially around bedtime. Don’t give a young teenager a smartphone right away. Start with a smartwatch or a phone without internet. Talk to your teenagers: Have them show you what they’re seeing, ask them how it makes them feel and discuss privacy and safety. Make a family screen time plan that takes into account which activities increase stress versus provide long-term satisfaction. Model responsible internet use yourself. It’s not about monitoring certain apps, said Caleb T. Carr, a professor of communication at Illinois State: “Instead, parents should engage with their kids. Just like parents did pre-social media, talk about being good humans and citizens, talk about respect for others and themselves, and talk about how their day was.””
“After a few hours, I had to stop. If the rapid string of sad videos made me feel bad, how would a 14-year-old feel after watching this kind of content day after day? One account is dedicated to “sad and lonely” music. Another features a teenage girl crying in every video, with statements about suicide. One is full of videos filmed in a hospital room. Each of the hospital videos contains text expressing suicidal thoughts, including, “For my final trick I shall turn into a disappointment.”
Users have developed creative ways to skirt TikTok’s content filters. For instance, since TikTok won’t allow content referencing suicide, people use a sound-alike such as “sewerslide,” or just write “attempt” and leave the rest to the viewer’s imagination. Creators of videos about disordered eating have also evaded TikTok’s filters.
Policing all the content on a service used by more than one billion monthly users is no easy task. Yet there is a difference between stamping out harmful content and promoting it. “If tech companies can’t eliminate this from their platforms, don’t create algorithms that will point kids to that information,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., chief executive of the American Psychological Association.”
“They came to the conclusion that some of the problems were specific to Instagram, and not social media more broadly. That is especially true concerning so-called social comparison, which is when people assess their own value in relation to the attractiveness, wealth and success of others. “Social comparison is worse on Instagram,” states Facebook’s deep dive into teen girl body-image issues in 2020, noting that TikTok, a short-video app, is grounded in performance, while users on Snapchat, a rival photo and video-sharing app, are sheltered by jokey filters that “keep the focus on the face.” In contrast, Instagram focuses heavily on the body and lifestyle.”
“Lasso is Facebook’s latest bid to win over teens, which the large social media platform has lost its hold over. In 2018, only half of teens say they still use Facebook, compared to in 2014, when 71 percent of them said they did. The app was first reported as in development in late October.On Lasso, users can record themselves dancing and lip-syncing to music, similar to what they can already do on TikTok. The app also lets users record short clips like Vines.”
“Tik Tok. Son nom est Douyin en Chine, son pays d’origine. Il s’agit d’une application pour smartphones, née en septembre 2016, et éditée par le géant chinois ByteDance qui s’est fait connaître avec la très populaire plate-forme de contenus d’actualité personnalisés Toutiao. Tik Tok, elle, est dédiée à la création et au partage de courtes vidéos musicales. Les utilisateurs se filment face caméra faisant du play-back ou des chorégraphies. De nombreuses applications concurrentes existent dans les domaines du karaoké, du « lip sync » ou « play-back » comme Triller, Dubsmash, Funimate. Parmi les plus populaires à l’international, on comptait Musical.ly, née à Shanghai au printemps 2014. Fin 2017, treize millions de vidéos y étaient postées chaque jour. Elle a aujourd’hui disparu après son rachat par ByteDance en novembre 2017, pour un montant compris entre 800 millions et un milliard de dollars (entre 690 et 860 millions d’euros). Après cette opération, la firme a décidé de fusionner les deux applications. La transition a eu lieu durant l’été : Musical.ly a été absorbée Tik Tok.”
“Teens’ preference for face-to-face communication with friends has declined substantially, and their perception of social media’s interference with personal interactions has increased”.
via Common Sense