LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – As parents, the clock is ticking to protect our kids against the dangers of social media.

A new take a look at is losing mild on how risky famous apps, like TikTok, may be amongst kids, and why it’s more difficult than ever to keep our youngsters safe.

“We recognize that a tremendous amount of youngsters are being contacted thru famous live streaming apps, consisting of TikTok, by using abusers who are using them as a searching ground,” a spokesperson for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) stated.

TikTok launched in China as “Douyin” in September of 2016. The app describes itself as a manner for users to “capture and present the arena’s creativity, knowledge, and precious existence moments, without delay from the cellular cellphone.”

To use the app, officially called Musical.Ly, users faucet and maintain to document a brief video, then they’re able to upload music and video results. The video can then be uploaded to the use of exceptional hashtags to connect users interested in specific topics or traits.

It’s much like the six 2d video-sharing apps Vine, which closes down in 2017, besides TikTok films commonly remaining around 15 seconds.

The app is developing in recognition amongst young adults who like to proportion movies of themselves lip-syncing, dancing or pulling a prank.

While the app requires customers to be at least 13 years old to apply, the app doesn’t have a manner to inform if customers are being straightforward about their age.

NSPCC said it surveyed 40,000 college-aged youngsters and determined that 25 percent had live streamed with a stranger. One in 20 youngsters were requested to take their clothes off all through their live stream or within the comments published on the video, according to NSPCC.

When reached for a remark, NSPCC said TikTok did not right away reply.