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Pastor warns of TikTok evils

A church pastor has urged parents to be weary of their children’s use of the Chinese-made video sharing app TikTok and its link to domestic violence and social ills within families.

Pastor Siagigi Vaafusuaga of the Samoa Worship Centre told the Samoa Observer that he is concerned about the impact that the social media app will have on families due to its increasing use by youth.

“Some youth do those erotic moves in front of their parents [while doing TikTok] and I tell you it is one of the contributing factors to domestic violence, and all those sorts of issues arising from within our families,” he said in an interview.

“I know TikTok was made on good intentions but we should all know it all depends on the person and how he or she uses the app.

“Some of the moves as we all know are very bad, especially for a country like Samoa which has its own culture and values and all that.”

Pastor Vaafusuaga appealed to parents to revisit the video sharing app to see how it affects their children and their long-term future. 

Getting addicted to the technology is one danger that parents should look out for, added the pastor, as it will take their children away from their responsibilities at home as well as their studies.

“Us back in the days, we’d always sit with our parents, share one television and have get together moments physically, like that unlike today it’s always about technology.

“Technology is a blessing if we’re to be honest but if we abuse it, that’s going to fall on us. I’m not saying to remove it but wise decision making is what matters at this point.”

Despite controversy surrounding its increasing use by the country’s younger population, Samoa Observer understands some church ministers from other denominations have taken an interest in the app, and even opened TikTok accounts.

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