TikTok has introduced a new feature ‘TikTok Family Pairing’ that would let parents set restrictions on their kids’ accounts. The feature allows parents to link their kids’ accounts to their own, where they’ll be able to disable direct messages, turn on restricted content mode, and set screen time limits.
“Family Pairing, which allows parents and teens to customize their safety settings based on individual needs. Family Pairing enhances our suite of safety tools and complements our work to provide greater access to product features as users reach key milestones for digital literacy,” as mentioned by TikTok in this blog post.
How to use:
Parents who want to use Family Pairing must create their own TikTok accounts. Parents then need to get their children (TikTok has an age limit of 13) to agree to have their accounts linked via Family Pairing. Once they’ve agreed, parents simply need to scan a QR code buried inside the Digital Wellbeing section of their kid’s TikTok account.
Follow these steps:
- Open TikTok on both phones.
- Go to profile, then head to settings (it’s the “…” button in the top-right corner).
- Scroll down to Digital Wellbeing.
- Tap Family Pairing and select whether the phone belongs to the adult or the teen.
- You’ll have to scan a QR code on one phone with the other to link the accounts.
- Now, the adult can access the parent password-protect security features.
Kids will be able to disable the Family Pairing feature at any time, though the parents will receive a notification.
Screen Time Management: Control how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day. In addition, TikTok has partnered with top creators to make short videos that appear right in the app and encourage users to keep tabs on their screen time. These fun videos use the upbeat tone our users love while offering a suggestion to take a break and do something offline, like read a book.
Restricted Mode: Limit the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Even without Family Pairing enabled, parents can help their teen set Screen Time Management and Restricted Mode by visiting the app’s Digital Wellbeing controls at any time.
Direct Messages: Restrict who can send messages to the connected account, or turn off direct messaging completely. With user safety in mind, we have many policies and controls in place for messaging already – for example, only approved followers can message each other, and we don’t allow images or videos to be sent in messages. Starting April 30, we will be taking those protections one step further as relates to younger members of our community, and automatically disabling Direct Messages for registered accounts under the age of 16.
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