Parents can now control their kid’s TikTok account using a new feature called Family Pairing. This links two accounts, allowing parents to change certain settings on their child’s TikTok. And in this article, we’ll show you how to enable Family Pairing on TikTok.
TikTok Launches New Parental Controls
In February, TikTok announced it was launching new parental controls to help keep kids safe while using the app. These included a feature called Family Safety Mode, which allows a parent to link their TikTok account to their child’s TikTok account.
This was initially only made available in the UK. However, now, the option to link two TikTok accounts is being rolled out worldwide. The name has been changed from Family Safety Mode to Family Pairing, but the feature itself does exactly the same thing.
How to Enable Family Pairing on TikTok
To enable Family Pairing on TikTok as a parent of a teenager, open your TikTok profile page and tap the three-dots menu in the top-right. Tap Digital Wellbeing > Family Pairing. Follow the on-screen prompts, and your screen will display a QR code.
Follow the same steps on your child’s phone, choosing “Teen” when TikTok asks, “Who is using this TikTok account?” Then, scan the QR code displayed on your phone to link the two accounts. And if your child unlinks the accounts, you will receive a notification.
Once Family Pairing has been set up, parents can change certain settings. This includes being able to control how long your child spends on TikTok each day, limiting the visibility of age-inappropriate content, and restricting who can send direct messages.
As an aside, from April 30, 2020, TikTok will be disabling Direct Messages for accounts registered to users under the age of 16. This is to protect younger TikTok users, some of whom have previously found themselves getting unwanted attention from older users.
How to Get More Out of TikTok
These changes are clearly designed to keep kids safe while using TikTok. And Family Pairing should help settle the nerves of parents who worry about what their kids are getting up to on TikTok. Because the latest fads always make parents nervous.
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