TikTok Launches Security Features for Parents: Are Your Kids on TikTok?

If your kiddos are using TikTok, you definitely want to read this!

Some platforms are educational, some are fun and for entertainment, some keep us connected. The increased screen time was of course happening long before COVID-19,  we all see that it’s amped up even more now. 

TikTok is working to help parents. It seems like this is a step in the right direction, but let us know what you think….

Good or bad, kids, teens and parents are all online more than ever before.  

Kids on TikTok? Here’s How to Protect Them:

People in general, but especially kids, love being able to share their creativity and stories. But now TikTok has taken over…

In an effort to better serve families, TikTok is taking more steps to improve parental controls, as well as educational resources.

Now they’re launching Family Pairing, which allows  teens and parents to set unique safety settings based on their individual preferences and needs.

Family Pairing enhances the available safety tools works to provide greater access to product features.

Directly from the TikTok site:

“Family Pairing, which is going to be “rolling out” in the coming weeks, will allow parents to link their TikTok account to their teen’s account and put controls in place including:

Screen Time Management: 

  • Control how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day. In addition, TikTok has partnered with top creators to make short videos that appear right in the app and encourage users to keep tabs on their screen time. These fun videos use the upbeat tone our users love while offering a suggestion to take a break and do something offline, like read a book.

Restricted Mode: 

  • Limit the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Even without Family Pairing enabled, parents can help their teen set Screen Time Management and Restricted Mode by visiting the app’s Digital Wellbeing controls at any time.

Direct Messages: 

  • Restrict who can send messages to the connected account, or turn off direct messaging completely. With user safety in mind, we have many policies and controls in place for messaging already – for example, only approved followers can message each other, and we don’t allow images or videos to be sent in messages. Starting April 30, we will be taking those protections one step further as relates to younger members of our community, and automatically disabling Direct Messages for registered accounts under the age of 16.”


We hope this information helps you feel more comfortable about your child’s media usage. 

You can find more details here about how to implement the features. 

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC