The video sharing social media app TikTok is going one step further when it comes to parental controls and introducing the Family Control feature that will allow more access to parents over their child’s TikTok account.
As part of this TikTok Family Control feature parents will be able to link their child’s account to their own and have control over how their child uses the social media app.
This will allow them to control aspects such as who their child messages on the app with the ability to disable the direct message feature entirely. Parents will be able to set controls on the time their kid spends on TikTok as part of the Screen Time Management feature.
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The video sharing app is also introducing a Restricted Mode feature however, details regarding what will be available under this new feature is still unknown.
The company has also said that it will be focusing on security of its younger users and have taken the decision to disable direct messages for users younger than 16. TikTok said in a blogspot:
While Direct Messaging can be an amazing way to make new friends and connections. User safety is paramount. Starting April 30, TikTok will be taking existing 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,
These new measures taken by TikTok will be particularly useless since more and more kids are using the video sharing app under lockdown and parents can now control how much time they spend on the app including keeping them safe from interaction with strangers.
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