TikTok steps up child safety measures with 'Family Safety Mode'

Parents can limit who can send DMs to their kids’ accounts or turn the capability off altogetherTikTok

Stephen Balkam, of the Family Online Security Institute, of which TikTok is a member, says that parents who have their own TikTok account can have good control in the statement.

Family Safety Mode, as described in the blog post the Digital Trends released, "links a parent's TikTok account with his child's account". The screen time management option can be used to preset the time limit for their child.

Within the new Family Mode, parents will also be able to manage what kind of content their kids can see on their TikTok app.

These options had been already obtainable within the app for customers to set for themselves, to be clear. Once connected, a parent can set a designated amount of time allowed in the application per day, limit who can send direct messages or turn them off completely, and restrict the type of content that their children can access.

With the new feature, parents can determine time limits for their child each day, with intervals including 40 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes.

In the said announcement, TikTok trust and safety head Cormac Keenan said, "As part of our commitment to safety, the well-being of users is incredibly important to us". As explains, the goal is to encourage people to develop "a healthy relationship with online apps and services".

The company follows the lead of Facebook, who added new parental controls on Facebook Messenger earlier this month.

However the controls do deal with a few of dad and mom' largest considerations across the addictive nature of TikTok's app, the content material being delivered, and the personal messages that folks can't monitor.

The app, which was launched in 2012 has gained over one billion users in three years and is now one of the most downloaded apps in the world.

In other news, TikTok is reportedly working on a new search page that comes with different popular categories such as Dance, Beauty, Comedy, Gaming, and many more.

This week, TikTok is launching the feature "in feed", meaning that users can expect to start seeing in-feed prompts reminding them to take a break from the app.

For those whose TikTok account doesn't have the Family Safety Mode yet, you can simply scroll past the videos.

TikTok is giving parents more control over how their teens are using the app. It's available in certain European countries for now.



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