How To Set Up Tik Tok Parental Controls

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TikTok is a video sharing application 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.

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.

How to Set Up Family Pairing

Family Pairing is a parental control feature on TikTok that allows a parent to link their TikTok account to their teen's and set controls including:
  • Screen time management — control how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day.
  • Restricted mode — limit the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences
  • Direct messages – Restrict who can send messages to the connected account, or turn off direct messaging completely
    • Note: As of April 30, 2020, TikTok has automatically disabled direct messages for registered accounts under the age of 16


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 Privacy and Settings
  3. Select Digital Wellbeing under the app settings
  4. 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 Privacy and Settings
  3. Select Digital Wellbeing under the app settings
  4. Tap Restricted Mode and follow the steps in the app

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 and select Privacy and Settings
  3. Select Digital Wellbeing under the app settings
  4. Tap Family Pairing and follow the steps in the app


Privacy Controls on TikTok/Musical.ly

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. Click on the three dots that are located in the top right-hand corner and select Privacy and Settings.
  3. Select the Privacy and Safety option and toggle Private Account on or off.

How to manage comments on a global level

  1. Go to Privacy and Safety settings.
  2. Tap Who Can Send Me Comments.
  3. Choose 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 Menu button.
  3. Select Comments Off.


How to prevent people from creating duet videos with your child

  1. Go to Privacy and Safety settings.
  2. Tap Who Can Duet With Me.
  3. Choose Everyone, Friends (mutual followers), or Off.

How to control direct messages

  1. Go to Privacy and Safety settings.
  2. Tap Who Can Send Messages to Me.
  3. Choose accordingly.

How to block and/or report a user

  1. From the offending user’s profile, tap the “” in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select Block this user. You can also Unblock or Report a user on the same menu.

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