TikTok: Parents will be able to control their children's accounts

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Pau Monfort

TikTok was, without a shadow of a doubt, the social (and not only) survey of 2019. In the space of a few months, the Chinese social platform has seen grow the number of users exponentially. Today TikTok has more than a billion users (and simple viewers) all over the world, with potential beyond that of any other competing platform.

The peculiarity of TikTok is its audience: in the vast majority of cases, those who use the Chinese social platform are teenagers (or a little older). With all the dangers that this entails: kids could be victims of cyberbullying or, worse, being lured by pedophiles. Just for protect the youngest (and, consequently, their families) and allow them to use the channel without risk, TikTok has introduced a new feature that allows parents to check their children's accounts. The feature was developed in agreement with several US organizations, such as the Family Online Safety Institute or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Family Pairing arrives on TikTok: that's what it is

Family Pairing o Family Filter is the function that will allow parents to have more control over the activity of their minor children who have an account TikTok. In fact, many users start using the application as early as 13 and parents often cannot control its activity, including published content, comments and private messages.

The new function is then added to resources already available for parents. They are educational videos and guides that shed light on the dangers of the channel and suggest how to take care of children immersed in the digital world. This content encourages adults to connect more with their children, especially teenagers, who are not only experiencing a delicate moment in their existence, but are also exposed to a huge amount of online resources, which they must learn to use and manage. THE educational videos they are in fact a starting point to talk together about community rules and how to defend against any dangers, for example showing how to report any abuse. Now with the Family Pairing function, families will have even more control.

What are the functions available for those who activate Family Pairing on TikTok

Le new features they have been developed with the help of numerous family protection associations. Just link the parent's account to that of the child and activate the function Family Pairing and have the following settings.

It will be possible check how many hours a teenager spends each day on the social network. To encourage users to keep an eye on the time taken, creators will post short videos that will appear between pieces of content. They will be cheerful and ironic videos, in accordance with the style of the channel, but at the same time they will recommend taking a break offline, perhaps reading a book.

Il Family Pairing will filter out content that is not suitable for too young an audience and therefore will only show videos that are deemed really suitable based on the age of the user. Finally, i minor 16 years they will not be able to receive direct messages through your TikTok account. In fact, currently approved followers can chat with each other, but this often happens without actual family control.

The changes will be introduced starting from 30th April and represent an important step to make the application always safe and accessible to users of all ages.

TikTok: Parents will be able to control their children's accounts

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