Triller – Music Video Creation & Editing App

(Rated Teen, Social Networking)

Video apps like TikTok are taking social media to a new level and becoming more popular daily. Triller is a TikTok-like short video content app with some significant differences. Simply put, Triller is primarily a video app that lets users select a song clip and record a video using it.

Marketed as an app that simplifies the music video creation process, your child or teen can create high-quality music videos and then share them on other social media platforms. A user can also view videos created by other users on the Triller app feed.

Why Do So Many Children and Teens Use This App?

One of the most contributing factors for its vast user base is its ease of use. Similar to TikTok, a user can make films, follow other users, and like and comment on other people’s videos. Your child or teen can send videos they enjoy via text, email, or other social networks.

Additionally, Triller makes it simple for influencers to monetize their work using crowdfunding. To raise money, authors of videos can set goals and engage with fans, prompting them to make a payment to help fund their success.

What Parents Should Know About The Triller App

Possible Exposure To Inappropriate Content

Triller claims it prohibits harmful content. However, there isn’t much to do about the “very suggestive” range, which regularly appears throughout the feed. To clarify, co-owner of Triller Ryan Kavanaugh told CNBC that he views Triller as the more “adult version” of Tik-Tok, featuring more risque content with adult themes.

In-App Purchases

Your child or teen can opt to buy “coins,” the in-app currency for Triller, to be able to Tip and Gift coins during performances they are watching. From small Tips to large Gifts, contributions are visible to other Trillers and performers, creating an incentive to display their loyalty as a fan through the coin system.

Lack Of Proper Content Filtering

Content can be reported as spam, offensive, or “I don’t like it.” However, the app doesn’t elicit any other information, so what occurs after reporting a video is unclear.

Parental Controls

The Triller app does not feature parental controls.

Potential Problems

No Account Required Gives Viewing Access To Anyone

Your child or teen can still watch all public videos and social feeds without creating an account. This means no control over what your kids or teens will watch on these platforms, including an age filter during registration.

Presence of “Challenges” And Other Influential Calls To Action

Triller invites users to participate in “challenges” that could promote offensive dances and actions unsuitable for your child or teenager. New life-taking challenges can form in social communities like these, as they have in the past. Again, the pressure to fit in with the large and impressive Triller crowd is present.

Videos Have The Potential To Reveal A User’s Location

Your child or teen may mistakenly (or purposefully!) reveal their location and personal information in their recordings. Exposing your private location to unknown users becomes possible here, and the concern that users do not have to have an account to view content only adds to this concern.


Given the lack of boundaries, safety measures, and intentional design to appeal to adult-oriented audiences, we recommend that your child or teen not engage with the Triller app. There are alternative apps on the market that encourage creativity and videography if your child or teen is showing an interest in a skill like this, as well as more controlled online environments to share their content.

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About the Author

Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.