Upstate tech experts step in after SC attorney general joins TikTok investigation

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – TikTok is the most recent social media platform to come under fire for what several attorneys general call lax protections for children using the app, but some Northeast tech experts State said the problem didn’t end there.

Viral dances, challenges, and tutorials are all popular videos on the social media platform.

“It’s designed to be digitally addictive,” said Tech After Five’s Phil Yanov.

Now Attorney General Alan Wilson is the latest to speak out against the app, saying the social media platform can be harmful to children, “our children are precious and vulnerable and we need to make sure they are fully protected”.

But upstate tech experts said the app isn’t the only one.

“The worst app is the one your child is on when they make the wrong decisions,” said Rick Floyd of GCS Information Security. “They spend an awful lot of time on these apps because it’s their life.”

Floyd is a former internet crime investigator and currently works for the Greenville County School District, where he teaches students how to stay safe online.

“They’re very comfortable communicating with strangers on the internet because they grew up with it,” he said.

But he said it could go beyond the alien danger.

“They will literally get pissed off if their post doesn’t have as many or more likes than their friends,” Floyd said.

Yanov said TikTok isn’t the only app where this is a problem.

“TikTok is big. But is it as big as Facebook? Is it as big as Instagram?

Although many apps have age restrictions, it’s easy to circumvent these protections.

“TikTok and all the other apps, Instagram, Snapchat, they say we have a safety feature that kids aren’t supposed to be there or can’t be there, all you have to do is lie about your age,” Floyd said. .

” What is the good answer ? It’s good that parenting involves parenting and getting involved with your kids to find out what they’re doing,” Yanov said.

The best way to protect your children online? Set some limits and restrictions when they use apps like TikTok, but make sure you do it in a way that doesn’t suffocate them.

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