TikTok has announced a variety of safety features to control what young people can see on the platform. The new updates allow parents to restrict their children from seeing adult or otherwise problematic content. It comes amid worries about the kind of videos that young people are able to see on the short video platform.
The new updates allow parents to enable a family safety mode that will link parents’ accounts to children’.
The feature will enable parents to control the amount of screen time allowed on TikTok, who can directly message the account and restrict types of content that appear in the feed of their child’s account.
TikTok allows users to share short, creative videos online. It was first released in 2016 and has become increasingly popular with young people. While TikTok videos are mostly harmless and fun, there have been some concerns over what children might see on there.
How to activate TikTok’s parental features:
1. Make sure you update your app to the latest version, as these features may not be available on older versions of the app. Visit either the App Store on iPhone or Google Play Store on Android to check you have the most recent version.
2. Go to your profile by tapping the bottom right of the screen and then tap the top right to bring up ‘Privacy and settings’.
3. From there, you’ll see this menu shown below. Tap on ‘Digital Wellbeing’.
4. Once in the digital wellbeing menu, there will be three options to choose from. Here is where you can manage screen time, restricted mode and family safety mode (where you can link your account to your child’s).
5. As you tap into each section, it will walk you through setting it up. You can set time limits between 40 minutes and two hours on screen time, set a passcode for restricted mode and link your accounts together with the family safety mode.
“We will keep introducing ways to keep our community safe so they can stay focused on what matters to them — creating, sharing, and enjoying the creativity of TikTok’s community,” TikTok’s blog post reads.
TikTok’s Family Safety Mode will also allow parents to restrict who can send their kid a direct message or turn off the option to direct message completely. They can also restrict the type of content children can see while using the app. Family Safety Mode is currently available in the UK, but it will roll out to other markets in the coming weeks.