With its #FamilyFirst initiative, TikTok aims to create awareness on how parents can use the Family Pairing Feature to monitor activities on their teens’ accounts including DMs, notifications, watch and download settings, forming an important part of TikTok’s ongoing commitment to support and care for the safety of youths on the platform.
Family Pairing allows a parent to link their TikTok account to their teen’s and set controls including:
- Screen time management: You can decide between 40 and 120 minutes per day for how long your teen can spend on TikTok.
- Limit the presentation of content that might not be suitable for all audiences in restricted mode. Parents can assist their teens in setting up Screen Time Management and Restricted Mode even without Family Pairing activated by visiting the app’s Digital Wellbeing controls whenever they like.
- Restrict who can send messages to the connected account by enabling or disabling direct messaging. For example, only approved followers can message one another on TikTok, and photos and videos are not permitted to be exchanged in messages. These policies and controls are all in place to ensure the safety of users. Additionally, TikTok automatically disables Direct Messages for users under the age of 16 who join an account.
- Control security and privacy settings: Parents may control who can like and comment on their children’s videos, whether their account is public or private, and whether others can suggest their account. Parents can also determine whether their adolescent has access to search for noises, hashtags, or other types of content.
With a particular focus on its younger users, between the ages of 13 and 19, TikTok has partnered with some of Pakistan’s most well-known celebrities and producers who will be producing engaging content to highlight TikTok’s efforts around family safety.
TikTok and other social media platforms are giving families new ways to share their stories, exhibit their creativity, and support their local communities. They frequently focus on creating a safe experience while learning how to navigate the digital environment together at the same time.
TikTok has improved and enhanced its teams, policies, procedures, and instructional tools over the past year with families in mind.
The platform has strengthened the tools in its Safety Center, which is also available in Urdu, increased the trust and safety teams’ capabilities, and worked with top online safety groups.