Working from home during a pandemic is a huge burden on parents, especially if they feel guilty for using the internet as child care. Well, it turns out that at least one common online activity for teens, TikTok, is subversively educational.
While most social media platforms are either passive, like YouTube, or chatty, like Twitter. TikTok is activity-based. To participate, kids design or imitate short dances and tumbling routines set to short clips of popular songs.
Most people born previous to Y2K seem to think TikTok is a sign that civilization is going to hell in a handspring. Indeed, some of the ire directed against TikTok is less about data gathering and more about Boomer horror when they see the app for the first time.
Before getting their shorts in a twist, however, the oldsters might consider doing a little research on the subject, because there’s ample scientific evidence that