You’ve probably heard some bad stuff about TikTok. It’s a video-sharing social media platform with seemingly good intentions that has hijacked users with questionable motives. This means sexual content and privacy.
However, it is very popular, so your kids will probably want to use TikTok. How can you make the service safer?
What age is TikTok suitable for?
Browse TikTok and you may find inappropriate language and suggestive material, porn stars, and users who harm themselves. This isn’t all social networking, but you should know about the dark side as well as positive stories about communities, fun dances and joy.
TikTok responds to media attention by adding Family Pairing. When more concerns were raised, they extended the features of this feature too.
So what is family pairing at TikTok? It’s a service that allows parents to link their own TikTok account to their teens, so you can set restrictions on their activities.
The first thing to note is that it is marketed to people over 13 years of age. Do not let them use TikTok unless your child is a teenager.
There is also an affiliate app, TikTok, for younger users, which severely limits the user’s options. They can’t post their own videos or comments, post messages, or even their own profile. It allows them to view only age-appropriate content. Doesn’t that sound too appealing?
How to activate a family couple
Let’s be realistic here: All you have to do is use TikTok to the fullest just lie about your birthday. Use family pairing to make it safer. Of course, you have to log in to TikTok yourself for this to work.
You need access to both accounts. Talk to your child so you can use your child’s phone. Tap I then an ellipse on both devices. Scroll down to find Family pairing then select Senior and Grammar school pupil on similar phones. The teen then scans the QR code displayed on the parent’s screen, giving the latter better control over their account.
7 things you can do using a family couple at TikTok
Now you are in charge. But what do you need to do to make TikTok safer without taking away the fun and personal freedom your child should enjoy?
Here are seven things you can do once you’ve set up a family couple.
1. Make your Teen TikTok account private
This should be the first thing you do. Making your account private means that only approved Followers can see videos (“TikToks”) uploaded by teens.
TikTok accounts are automatically public, so content can be widely shared. If you have a public account, account owners can make private videos private. But it’s safer to make the whole account private so guests can’t watch videos without approval.
Go ahead Safety to find her Private account.
Make sure the teen doesn’t have any sensitive profile, as this will still show up, even in private.
2. Turn off Let others find me
Just below Private account, you will see Let others find me. Disable this feature.
Users receive suggestions for other profiles they should follow, based on TikTok’s algorithm, which narrows the content that interests you most. Let others find me off, the teen’s account doesn’t show up in the suggestions, so they’re virtually hidden from anyone other than their friends.
They can still add contacts via their smartphone’s address book, Facebook, track their backs, scan a QR code, or search for a specific username.
3. Restrict comments and DM files in TikTok
Most of the things you need to pay attention to can be found here Safety menu, so don’t navigate away yet. Below are two handy features that limit who can contact a teenager.
Make sure Who can post comments and Who can send you messages is set Friends, and not for everyone. People should not be able to easily interact with a private account, but changing these settings is doubly sure. Alternatively, you can translate them Skew, although it may seem unnecessary and too invasive in terms of teenage preferences.
Enable Comment filters as well as if questionable messages make it through.
4. Limit likes to TikTok videos
You can restore your teen’s privacy by setting Who can watch the videos I liked that Only me. This is a minor thing, and probably not something the account user will even notice, but it’s still good to take control.
5. Learn how to report content in TikTok
You can also see below Your block list. Of course, with TikTok you can also block users.
The service has community guidelines that prohibit dangerous activities such as scams, sexual counterfeiting, drug use, violent videos, and more. If it is widely illegal, it is banned from TikTok. But these guidelines go further by limiting potential hate speech, “hostile ideologies,” and similar things that are in the gray area.
However, it’s important to let your teen know that if they see something that they think violates these guidelines or that bothers them, they can report and block users and content.
To report an account, tap the ellipse in the upper right corner; tap the share button to report the video. In either case, you can then Report. To block an account, you must tap and select that ellipse again Block.
6. Restrict the content you are viewing
1) In the regulations
Select Family Couple
Scan the QR barcode
2) Select Digital Wellness
Select Restricted mode
Set a password
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You have prevented others from interacting with your teen without their consent. Now you need to make sure they don’t see adult content on TikTok. You can do this by going into restricted mode.
Go to the teen profile and click on the three dots. Then continue Digital Welfare> Limited Space > Enable restricted mode.
It’s not silly, so sometimes confusing TikTok content gets through filters. To that end, reporting is.
You can also create a password so that you are the only person who can disable restricted mode. However, if your teen knows you have done it, they may think you are going too far, so consider carefully before you take this step.
7. Beware of unloading when forming a TikTok family pair
Yes, a teenager can unpack their account if they get bored. That’s why you need to keep an eye on your phone: if they decide to do this, you’ll be notified so that TikTok can make sure this is a two-way decision.
You have to cross the line. It’s good to protect young people, but let them know you trust them by giving them some freedom. You can also use a family pair to limit uptime, so if you’re worried that they’ll spend too many hours in the app, you can reduce this to just 40 minutes a day. If you do, a teenager can always get tired of needing parental approval.
Can a teen circumvent your TikTok restrictions?
In addition to unpairing, your child could find another way to work around these blocks — by setting up another TikTok account! They only need another device that uses a different account, i.e. an alternate email address without forming a family pair.
It all depends on trust and respect that go both ways. TikTok is currently massive, but its popularity may decline like Vine, Kik, and Bebo, especially if privacy concerns continue to be highlighted. Talk to your teen about TikTok, make some ground rules, and let them know that they can always come to you from anywhere that bothers them on social media or otherwise.
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