Now-a-days millions of American teenagers are locked in their homes and are turning to morale support and comic relief by getting their education online – through the hugely popular video sharing app like TikTok.
The social media platform is owned by China’s Bytdance and has led to fears about national security concerns in Washington about how it collects and shares data on American users.
But for high school students, Tiktok is just an outlet for sharing their stories. In 2019, Tiktok stated that there were over 26 million monthly active users in the United States, half of whom were between 16 and 24 years of age.
Users post videos that can last up to 60 seconds, which appear on the phone in a high-speed feed. While many tiktok become obsolete – dancing or lip-syncing on trending songs is a common theme – they can also deal with more serious issues.
“How the Class of 2020 is about to graduate,” mocking user @dannyrvbio on a video showing a student’s emoji on a digital stage. Another popular Tiktok captioned “Show me off my screen froze bc. I didn’t do my project for my online class,” user @zizzysizzle stutters as if he was his teacher on the stock market crash of the 1930s Is having connection problems during a pretended video explanation.