TikTok’s Family Matching feature to manage teenage accounts
In the growing world of social media, TikTok has become one of the most popular video creation platforms, especially among teenagers.
Young content creators not only show off their skills, but learn about the latest trends, new technologies, and essential skills. However, on the other hand, parents are also worried about their children’s online safety and want to stay updated about their online activities.
Keeping in mind the real security concerns of parents, TikTok has an important feature called Family Pairing. The option allows parents to take care of their children and keeps them safe online.
The feature will also create a bond of trust between parents and children and also bridge the communication gap between them. Parents will learn to trust their children, while teenagers will develop a sense of responsibility while creating content.
In fact, parents don’t have to use their teenagers’ devices and can easily monitor children’s TikTok accounts from their personal mobile devices. For those who are still unfamiliar with the feature, let’s explore the option in detail.
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Family Pairing offers a series of personalized security settings. Once parents have created their TikTok account, they can easily link it to their child’s account. The various security settings offered in the feature include:
daily screen time
Time management is at the heart of parents’ concerns. They want teens to use the app in a disciplined way. With the help of Daily Screen Time, parents can set a time limit for kids to use the app. Even if the teen has multiple devices, the setting will automatically apply to all those devices.
TikTok has a strict content quality policy and only proper content is allowed on the platform. However, parents sometimes feel that certain types of content may not be suitable for their teenagers. Restriction mode helps parents block content that they think might harm their child.
Using the search parameter, a parent can decide which person, content and hashtag the child can explore. They can also choose the specific sound to block from the search bar.
With the help of the discoverability setting, the teen’s account can be set to two modes. The first is “private mode” which gives teens the power to decide who can see their profile. The second is “public mode”, which allows anyone to browse the account.
Suggest an account to others
Like other social media platforms, TikTok also offers a list of suggested accounts. By using Suggest an Account, the parent has the power to choose whether or not the teen’s account is on the recommended list.
Go the extra mile
In addition to the aforementioned settings, TikTok Family Pairing provides control over some crucial options. This includes direct messages where the parent can either disable the message option or restrict who can message the teen’s account. It is relevant to mention here that direct message is not available for teenagers aged 13-15.
Thereafter, parents have the power to decide who can browse the videos their teens like and also restrict people’s comments.
For now, parental controls are only available for mobile apps. For TikTok on mobile and desktop web browsers, Google’s Family Center or Apple’s Parental Controls (for iOS) can be used.