How To Set Up Tik Tok Parental Controls

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TikTok is a popular social media app that allows users to make and watch short music videos. The attraction to TikTok lies in its special effects filters, fun stickers, and the ability to share and collaborate with friends.

General Safety Concerns

Like many social media platforms, users must be 13 or older to use TikTok. The app is rated for ages 12+, but it can still contain mild fantasy violence, suggestive themes, sexual content and nudity, drug use or references, and profanity or crude humor. Here are some other tips:

  • At times, users may use inappropriate words as hashtags.
  • TikTok allows users to link their account with other social media profiles such as Instagram or YouTube, which allows the app access to contacts and other information.
  • TikTok collects information from users, including technical and behavioral information, location, shared social network information, messages, metadata, contacts, and more.
  • Songs may have explicit lyrics — many people use popular songs to create their own music videos, so exposure to unedited, inappropriate songs on TikTok can be a risk.
  • Be careful with in-app purchases, particularly coins that users share with others to "encourage creativity." Remember to toggle off "in-app purchases" in the Restrictions section.

Family Pairing

Family Pairing is a parental control feature on TikTok that allows a parent to link their TikTok account to their teen's account and set controls for the following:
  • Screen Time Management: Choose how much time your child can spend on TikTok each day.

  • Restricted Mode: Make certain content subject matter off-limits.

  • Search: Decide what types of content, users, hashtags, or sounds your kid can search for

  • Discoverability: Set your child’s account to private or public.

  • Suggest account to others: Choose whether your kid’s account can be recommended to others.

  • Direct Messages: Kids aren’t allowed to direct message (DM) until they turn 16. DMing is automatically turned off for users between the ages of 13 and 15.

  • Liked videos: Decide who can view the videos your teen liked.

  • Comments: Choose who can comment on your teen's videos.

How to turn on Family Pairing

  1. Go to your profile page or your child's profile page.
  2. Click on the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner, select Family Pairing, and follow the steps in the app.

How to set up Screen Time Management

  1. Go to your profile page or your child's profile page.
  2. Click on the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner and select Digital Wellbeing.
  3. Tap Screen Time Management and follow the steps in the app.

How to turn on Restricted Mode

  1. Go to your profile page or your child's profile page
  2. Click on the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner and select Digital Wellbeing.
  3. Tap Restricted Mode and follow the steps in the app

Privacy Controls on TikTok

How to set up a private account

Even with a private account, profile information — including profile photos, usernames, and bios — will be visible to all users. Counsel your teen not to reveal personal information such as their age, address, or phone number in their profile.

You can make your TikTok account private so other users cannot see your videos unless they follow you and you approve them.
  1. Go to your child's profile page.
  2. Tap the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner and select Privacy.
  3. Toggle Private account on or off.

How to manage comments on a global level

  1. Go to your child's profile page.
  2. Tap the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner and select Privacy.
  3. Scroll down and tap Comments
  4. Choose between Everyone, Friends (mutual followers), or Off.

How to turn off comments for an individual video

  1. Open the video for which you want to turn off comments.
  2. Tap the three dots in the right corner
  3. From the gray icons on the bottom of the screen, scroll to the right and tap Privacy settings
  4. Toggle Comments Off.

How to prevent people from creating duet videos with your child

  1. Go to your child's profile page.
  2. Tap the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner and select Privacy.
  3. Scroll down and tap Duet
  4. Choose between Everyone, Friends (mutual followers), or Only Me.

How to control direct messages

  1. Go to your child's profile page.
  2. Tap the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner and select Privacy.
  3. Scroll down and tap Direct messages.
  4. Choose between Everyone, Friends, and No one.

How to block/report a user

  1. From the offending user’s profile, tap the “” in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select Block or Report, or both.

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