TikTok has expanded the family pairing function introduced in April to include additional parental controls.
- Parents can now decide whether their teenagers can search for content, hashtags, sounds or users.
- They can also control who can comment on videos posted by their teenagers: everyone, friends, or nobody.
- Parents can choose to have their teenagers’ accounts be private. This means that teenagers decide who can see their content or publicly, where everyone can search and view content.
- And parents can choose to have other TikTok users see the list of videos their teens liked.
These new controls combine features parents have had since Family Pairing debuted in April:
- Parents can determine how much time their teenagers can spend on the app each day.
- Restricted mode limits the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for the age groups teens are in.
- Direct messages can be turned off entirely, or parents can restrict who can send messages to their teenagers’ accounts. DMs are automatically disabled for users under the age of 16.
Tracy Elizabeth, director of TikTok’s global safety policy, and Alexandra Evans, director of public safety for child safety in Europe, said in a blog post, “Raising a teenager’s digital life can be daunting, and we often hear that parents and other carers feel like they are catching up with the latest technology and applications their teens are using. That’s why we talk to parents and young people regularly and work with family and youth experts to develop meaningful ways for parents to support their young people on TikTok. Our goal is to strike a balance between security and autonomy for teens as we work to create a safe and supportive space for self-expression. “
They added, “Every family is different. Some may only choose family pairing when their teen starts using TikTok. others may choose to stay in touch with their teen’s account longer; Even without family pairing activated, teenagers can use these tools at any time by selecting them individually via their app settings. Whatever parents and teens think is right, we hope family pairing encourages families to have bigger conversations about digital security. “