While the young generation enjoys spending time on TikTok (it is literally the most downloaded social media app during the lockdown) parents have always been worried about the ill-effects of the same on their children.
Due to the same reason, TikTok has also been banned in India earlier and has been accused of promoting nudity. And since then, TikTok is taking measures to ensure its platform is safe for its users.
The popular social media platform has announced the new TikTok Family Pairing option. The option will let parents link their TikTok account to their child’s account. This will allow the parents to limit the time their child spends on the app.
For the same, parents will also need a TikTok account so that they can link the same to their child’s account.
The feature also comes with a setting through which parents can limit or completely block the DMs on TikTok.
“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. It is part of our continued work toward providing parents better ability to guide their teen’s online experience while allowing time to educate about online safety and digital citizenship,” says Jeff Collins, Trust & Safety, San Francisco Bay Hub at TikTok.
This feature was first rolled out in the UK in February. TikTok had promised the availability of the same worldwide back then.
Moreover, starting from April 30, TikTok will automatically disable Direct Messages for registered accounts under the age of 16. However, parents can choose to let their children, between 1-16 age group, to receive and send DMs.
A QR code in the digital wellbeing settings of the app will be made available to allows parents link their accounts with their child’s.