Navigating TikTok (A VIP Course for Students & Parents)

Students will learn how to set up TikTok to create a positive online image and shine online. If students learn how to use TikTok in a positive way–and why it matters–they will impress future colleges/employers.

Navigating TikTok (A VIP Course for Students & Parents)

August 12, 2021
Parent & Student Training, App Navigation

Table of Contents

10 news stories about TikTok (For students)

What we're covering in this video:

10 examples from news clips around the world with real-life examples of how TikTok can be dangerous

Are you ready to Shine Online?

The Student Branding Academy will walk you through planning your online identity, building an online portfolio, designing your own Google search results, and more! Visit to see when the next session for you starts!

Navigating TikTok (For students & parents)

What we're covering in this video:

  • A hidden feature inside TikTok that might expose all of your videos to strangers
  • How to brand your TikTok to have fun and shine online
  • How to make sure your “liked videos” aren’t shown to strangers
  • How to set who can send you messages and comment on your videos
  • How to set security alerts
  • How to temporarily hide certain videos to make your TikTok more positive

What students think of TikTok  

(Smart Social interview with students & Josh Ochs)

4 students and a teacher talk with Josh Ochs about the positive sides of TikTok. Each of the students love the app because of how creative you can be on it and how you can see other people being creative as well.

There are some negative aspects, with negative comments on people's videos and being able to spend too much time on the app (because of how quickly you can move through the different videos.) Parental controls and the app's mental health initiatives do try to help you self regulate the use of the app. Parents - these students say that it's okay to have you tell your students to get off of the phone if you notice they spend too much time on it.

Things students wish parents knew about TikTok:

  • It's a great way to express yourself creatively
  • TikTok moderators are strict about what videos they allow to stay on the app
  • TikTok connects you with your friends and gives you ideas for creative things you can try at home

Navigating TikTok (For parents)

What we're covering in this video:

  • Why teens are obsessed with TikTok
  • What is TikTok
  • Why parents should care
  • How to set privacy settings and family pairing in TikTok
  • What parents can do to help their student shine online with TikTok

TikTok dangers and how to make it safer for students

TikTok app dangerous challenges

(A Smart Social team discussion with Josh Ochs and Melissa)

Is your student ready to Shine Online?

The Student Branding Academy breaks it all down into six digestible lessons. Students start by learning why it is important to know what their Google search shows and how to search like colleges or employers.

Josh walks students step-by-step through planning their online identity to building their own online portfolio that is discoverable on Google. Visit for more information!


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