TikTok safety calls are the latest craze to take over the social media app, and offer a bleak insight into danger precautions.
You might have seen them all over or your for you page or heard them being talked about, but TikTok safety calls may be the best thing to stumble across on the app.
The videos are created by TikTokers who record their half of a phone conversation, leaving gaps and prompts for you to fill in and create the impression you’re on the phone to someone.
How do TikTok safety calls work?
The aim here is for users to play the TikToks when they feel they’re in a potentially dangerous situation, whether that be being followed or simply in an area alone.
Calling people in times when you’re unsure of your surroundings or feeling unnerved is a tool used by many, but especially women, to make sure there is a witness of some kind and that someone knows where you are. However, the added benefit is that the knowledge that you’re speaking to someone could deter any potential danger too.
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TikTok safety calls aim to provide that aspect, plus some added extras. Often times the calls will include the TikToker remarking that they’re nearby, waiting outside for them or looking at their location on an app.
One of the biggest creators of the call, Mendy Perdew, told ABC News that she came up with the idea after missing a call from a friend who wanted to call her while she felt unsafe. Soon enough however, other creators have hopped onto the trend, ranging from those from the perspective of a father and mums too.
Best call videos
The videos range from situations, which people can either quickly search while needed or can save for later, including a kid walking home from school or a person being followed in a car park.
We’ve compiled some of the most believable calls for various situations, should you want to use one.
In a car park:
Walking home from school:
Feeling unsafe in a taxi:
This is a useful Scottish one for any UK people:
Fake boyfriend conversation:
On the phone to your dad:
This is a handy father and son version:
If you feel you’re being followed:
Leaving an uncomfortable situation:
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