TikTok steps up child safety measures with ‘Family Safety Mode’

Published February 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Gabriela Baron

TikTok is giving parents control over how long their kids can spend in using the app.

The video-sharing app introduced “Family Safety Mode” on Wednesday, a new feature that will allow parents to limit who can send their kid a direct message or turn off the option to direct message completely.

The logo of TikTok application is seen on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration/File Photo
The logo of TikTok application is seen on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Parents can also restrict the type of content their kids can see while using the app.

“As part of our commitment to safety, the wellbeing of our users is incredibly important to us. We want people to have fun on TikTok, but it’s also important for our community to look after their wellbeing which means having a healthy relationship with online apps and services,” said Cormac Keenan, TikTok’s head of safety and trust in a statement.

According to TikTok, parents who want to enable “Family Safety Mode” must first create their own account on the app, which is then linked to the kid’s account.

Once enabled, parents will be able to control how long the teen can spend on the app every day.

The “Family Safety Mode” is currently available in the United Kingdom, but it will be released to other markets in the coming week.

The Beijing-based app has also partnered with creators to produce a series of safety videos about screen-time management to encourage users to take a break from their phones.

TikTok is one of the world’s most downloaded apps with over 1 billion downloads global. It has primarily appealed to users between 16 and 25.

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