(WSMV) -- There is a warning for parents that has to do with an app your kids could have on their phones or tablets and some of you may have no idea what it is.

It's become one of the world’s most popular apps for kids and has been downloaded more than 80 million times just in the United States. But just how much do you know about Tik Tok?

“They love just doing the dancing and all that stuff,” said Erica Haynes who is a parent of two young children.

You create a short 15-second video that you can share with family and friends. But, it can also be an invitation for criminals.

“The more pieces you put out there the easier it is for someone to either become you or act like they know you in real life,” said Bruce McCully, a security expert with Dynamic Edge.

An investigation in South Carolina revealed kids who thought they were talking to other kids were talking to a 28-year-old man from Kentucky.

“There’s a lot of bad people out there unfortunately that want to go and target our children,” said Elizabeth Tuschner who has a 10-year-old daughter on Tik Tok.

Here's what you can do to protect your kids:

Go into the Tik Tok app and look for privacy settings. You have the option to allow others to find you or make it private. By making your account private only approved users can watch your videos.

“Have a conversation with your children before they run into something they don't want you to see or you don't want them to be part of,” said McCully.

“It’s the world we live in right now,” said Tuschner.

Tik Tok can be safe for your kids as long as the videos they’re posting aren't available for the whole world to see.

Something else you can do is put down a fake birthday when signing up for the app. There's no reason why you have to put your real information down.

This makes it so someone out there can't steal your identity or track you down as easily.

Copyright 2019 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.