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How to Block and Report Cyberbullies on TikTok

Learn how to get the bullies and creeps to back off in this super-popular app.

TikTok isn't the first short-video creation tool (Dubsmash and the now-defunct Vine came before). But its perfect blend of popular songs, fun editing features, and viral challenges have made it one of the most downloaded apps in the world. Tweens and teens use it mainly to express their creativity, get goofy, connect with friends, and follow celebrities.

But the platform can be a little edgy -- especially in the comments, which are open to all registered users identified only by screen names. Those registered users include adults, and the anonymity of screen names combined with the envelope-pushing nature of some of the content can lead to age-inappropriate comments. In fact, the comments can be downright gross. If your kids are going to use TikTok, discuss how to handle online bullying, and empower them to stop harassment by blocking or reporting users who bother them in any way. If they're targeted, you may need to escalate the issue to your kid's school, the harasser's parents, or -- if threats are involved -- law enforcement. Also, remind your kids to stand up for others when they witness bullying.

Here's how to block and report cyberbullies on TikTok. And if you're worried about the other person knowing you've blocked or reported them, TikTok doesn't send a notification. After you've blocked them, they won't see you in their Following list anymore, and if they tap on any old tags or comments on your videos, they won't be able to see those videos anymore.

To report or block a person, video, comment, or chat

Report a person:

  • Go to their profile.
  • Tap on the three dots.
  • Tap Report or Block.

Report a video:

  • Tap on the right-facing arrow on the video page under the heart and comment icons.
  • Tap Report.

Report a comment:

  • Tap and hold the comment.
  • Tap Report.

Report inappropriate chat message:

  • Open the conversation.
  • Tap on the three dots.
  • Tap on Report.
Christine Elgersma
Christine Elgersma is the editor for learning app reviews as Senior Editor, Learning Content. Before coming to Common Sense, she helped cultivate and create ELA curriculum for a K-12 app and taught the youth of America as a high school teacher, a community college teacher, a tutor, and a special education instructional aide. Christine is also a writer, primarily of fiction and essays, and loves to read all manner of books. When she's not putting on a spontaneous vaudeville show with her daughter, Christine loves to hike and listen to music, sometimes simultaneously.