TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media apps. It’s a platform for creating, sharing and discovering short videos. As young people enjoy being on it, TikTok and Netsafe have partnered on the TikTok Family Safety Toolkit to help you and your child safely navigate some of the online challenges and have fun.

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a short-form video platform that offers in-app  editing, effects, and sounds to help users develop imaginative short videos and creative content. Our mission is to inspire creativity and  bring joy. TikTok enables everyone to be a creator and encourages users to share their passion and creative expression through their videos. TikTok has a 12+ rating in the App Store and Google Play store.

Why has the TikTok Family Safety Toolkit been developed?

Young people are often very digitally savvy, however they’re still developing life skills and need your guidance when it comes to their online activities. Netsafe’s research shows that when young people do reach out for help, parents are still a place that many turn to for support. As a parent or caregiver you don’t need to be an expert in technology, but being familiar with the technology that young people are using and the challenges that they may experience is a great start.

This is guide will give you that insight and prepare you to give your kids the guidance when they need it.

What’s in the TikTok Family Safety Toolkit

It’s important that your child is having a fun and safe digital experience. This TikTok Family Safety Toolkit provide is a comprehensive digital parenting guide aligned to Netsafe’s existing seven step Online Safety Parent Toolkit. It offers 10 Digital Parenting Tips which you can easily follow with your teen. These tips can apply to all apps your teen might use, not just TikTok. There are multiple options for you to support your teen in navigating TikTok safely and practical advice on how to implement these tips using TikTok Family Safety Tools.

We encourage you to take time to explore these tips with your teen and dive into the app together to learn about the TikTok features and settings that can help them customise their experience. It will not only help protect your teen from cyber-risks, but also empower them to be good digital citizens and foster trust within your family.

Download TikTok Family Toolkit

TikTok Glossary

  1. Challenge: As part of a challenge, a well-known brand or creator uses a video to call on the community to personally interpret a specific topic, dance, or song.
  2. Creator: TikTok creators may not be household names (yet), but they are creative innovators from all walks of life, and from all over the world.
  3. Discover: The Discover page is the central location for all things trending on TikTok. From creators on the rise to hashtag trends and top sounds, this is the place to see what’s popular.
  4. Duet: Duet is TikTok’s collaboration tool. It allows users to create with others through side by side videos.
  5. Stitch: Stitch is a TikTok feature that allows a creator to reinterpret and add to another user’s content. It allows users the ability to clip and integrate scenes from another user’s video into their own.
  6. Effect: TikTok’s digital effects are interactive and advanced features that can add a fun twist to any video.


You’re currently within the ‘Explore’ section of our Online Safety Parent Toolkit where we encourage discovery of the sites and apps your child is using.

This is the third step in our seven-step framework designed to help parents and whānau with digital parenting in a rapidly changing world. We recommend reading through each step of the Toolkit as this will guide you on how to support your child to confidently access digital opportunities and reduce online harm.


If you or someone you know needs help or advice with online challenges, you contact us by:

  • emailing [email protected]
  • texting ‘Netsafe’ to 4282
  • calling toll free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723)
  • making a report using our online form.

Our helpline is open from 8am – 8pm weekdays and 9am – 5pm on weekends.

If you’re concerned about the immediate safety of you or someone else, call 111.