The truth about TikTok: Is it really safe for your teen? Local experts advise

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"No policy or report can ensure a child's online safety". (NickyLloyd/Getty Images)
"No policy or report can ensure a child's online safety". (NickyLloyd/Getty Images)

In just three years, massively popular social networking service TikTok has gone from being just another random app to taking up space among longstanding social media platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, as "one of the most-downloaded apps of the 2010s". 

The number of users the app draws per month is estimated to be around 800 million and is most popular among teens. 

In the US, about 49% of TikTok users are teens who spend up to 40 minutes on the app daily.

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