TikTok works with industry experts, non-governmental organizations and industry associations around the world to build a safe platform for users. In the US, we collaborate with the following organizations to share best practices and exchange ideas on safety-related topics.
ConnectSafely.org is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy. To learn more visit www.connectsafey.org.
The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and the non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety. Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all. To learn more visit https://www.fosi.org/.
At Intenet Matters we work to minimise the availability of online sexual abuse content.The majority of our work focuses on the removal of child sexual abuse images and videos. We work internationally to make the internet a safer place. We help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. We search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We then have them removed. We’re a not-for-profit organisation and are supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission. To learn more visit https://www.iwf.org.uk/.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation. To learn more visit https://www.missingkids.org/HOME.
Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) includes any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a person less than 18 years old. These images, videos and files depict the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and should be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline or law enforcement. All forms of child sexual exploitation should be reported, including online enticement, which includes efforts to lure a child to engage in sexual behavior online or even meet in person; or sextortion, which is the coercion of a child through blackmail or other means to acquire sexual content.
National PTA® brings together millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. PTA Connected helps parents, families, and teachers navigate today’s digital life with resources, tips, and tools. Visit PTA.org to learn more.
Health and Wellness Resources
A support network of people and resources can be invaluable to someone facing a difficult time. For our US-based users and their support networks, below are some resources you may find helpful:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Free, confidential support is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).Users in other regions can find a list of similar resources here, or consult the International Association for Suicide Prevention to connect with a crisis center in your area.
- Crisis Text Line: Free support, 24/7, to those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US. The Crisis Text Line will connect you with a trained Crisis Counselor.
- The Trevor Project: Confidential crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+ youth; hotline available at 1-866-488-7386.
- National Eating Disorder Association: Nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
- S.A.F.E Alternatives: A network and educational resource base committed to helping end self-injurious behavior.
If you believe that someone you know may be in immediate danger, please call the police.
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