Kids are on their digital devices more than ever while in quarantine, but are you keeping your kids safe? They are spending more time on platforms like TikTok. But unfettered access to these social media apps can be damaging and you may want to limit their screen time and restrict content, but how?
Tiktok Now Offering Parental Restrictions On Kids Accounts
Last year, video based TikTok came under fire for allowing users under the age of 13 to create an account without parental consent. They had to pay $5.7 million to the Federal Trade Commission over alleged violations of children’s privacy law.
Well now, TikTok has added a feature that lets parents remotely adjust parental controls through what the company is calling “Family Pairing.” Essentially, you will be able to link your TikTok account to your child’s and disable direct messaging, turn on restricted content mode and set screen time limits.
Accessing Tiktok Safety Features
To do this, you will have to scan a QR code inside the digital wellbeing section of your child’s account. However, you must have your child agree to having their accounts linked, and your child can disable restrictions at any time.
Parents will receive a notification if their child turns off the safety features but they can to go back into the account and reset the restrictions.
TikTok has also disabled direct messaging for users under the age of 16, to keep predators from messaging younger users.