Monitor and control your kid’s TikTok account using Family Pairing feature

Published November 26, 2020, 3:57 PM

by Paola Navarette

It lets parents see how long their children are spending on the app each day and restrict the content they see on their feed

With social media usage surging during the lockdown, keeping your kids safe online has become even more difficult to do. That’s why TikTok has rolled out a new safety update to its app to allow parents to take more control of their teenager’s accounts.

The Family Pairing feature enables parents to turn off comments on their children’s videos entirely or permit them for friends only. Parents whose accounts are linked to their kids will also be able to set their accounts to private and turn off the search function for certain content or sounds.

So how do you turn it on? First, open your profile page and tap the menu button in the top right corner. From there, select “Digital Wellbeing” and “Family Pairing.”

Follow the on-screen prompts, and your screen will display a QR code. From your child’s phone, scan the QR code displayed on your phone to link the two accounts. Once Family Pairing has been set up, you can change certain settings. This includes controlling how long your child spends on TikTok each day and restricting who can send direct messages.

“As part of our mission of bringing joy to our users, it’s important that we are focused on building a safe and positive environment where creativity can thrive,” head of communications of Tiktok Philippines Cat Avelino said during a webinar. “With Family Pairing feature, you can get peace of mind. So we encourage you to dive into this app together with your teen so you can customize their experience.”