Kids are using electronic devices more and more during quarantine. And more exposure to the digital world means more time spent on platforms like TikTok.
But instant and unfettered access to these social media apps is not always a good thing…
Last year, video based TikTok came under fire for allowing users under the age of 13 to create an account without parental consent.
Well, now that children have more access than ever before, TikTok has finally created a way for parents to have some control over what their kids are doing online.
Parents can now 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.
To do this, you will have to scan a QR code inside the digital wellbeing section of your child’s account. The only downfall is that your child will still have to agree to have their accounts linked, and they can disable restrictions at any time.
Parents will receive a notification if their child turns off the safety features but they will have to go back into the account and reset the restrictions.
Along with the “Family Pairing” feature, TikTok has also disabled direct messaging for users under the age of 16.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.