Skip to main content

TikTok now lets you control your kid’s account from your own TikTok

TikTok is expanding parental controls — while simultaneously encouraging parents to download the app themselves.

TikTok’s family pairing, announced Thursday, April 16, allows parents to set restrictions on everything from screen time to direct messages without going into the child’s device.

Family pairing builds on TikTok’s existing parental controls. The update doesn’t add any new controls but allows access to those features remotely by linking family accounts.

Parents can pair their accounts with their children’s accounts by scanning a QR code.

Once paired, parents can adjust screen time controls, or enable the restricted mode which blocks content that carries the designation, “May not be appropriate for all audiences.” Parents can also control which users are permitted to send their teens messages.

Parents will still be able to manage screen time and enable restricted mode inside the “Digital Wellbeing” controls that already exist in the user’s app itself.

The user that’s being watched can still turn off the family pairing, but the parent’s device will receive a notification and an option to relink.

The family linking rolled out in the U.K. earlier this year, and will reach U.S. users in the “coming weeks,” TikTok said.

Along with the option to remotely access those parental controls, TikTok will also switch Direct Messaging settings to off by default for all users who are under age 16. 

TikTok has long been criticized for safety issues for its younger users. Last year, the video-sharing app was fined a record-breaking $5.7 million because the app did not require parental consent for users under age 13.

Editors' Recommendations

Hillary K. Grigonis
Hillary never planned on becoming a photographer—and then she was handed a camera at her first writing job and she's been…
You can now downvote comments on TikTok videos
The TikTok app on a smartphone's screen. The smartphone is sitting on a white table.

TikTok has a new feature and this time it's for the comment section of its short-form videos.

On Friday, TikTok announced via a tweet that it was globally releasing a new dislike button feature for TikTok video comments. The tweeted announcement offered up a few details about what to expect and an image of the new feature:

Read more
This beloved TikTok hashtag just got its own app feature
The TikTok app on a smartphone's screen. The smartphone is sitting on a white table.

A popular hashtag-turned-online-community has its own TikTok feature now.

On Tuesday, TikTok launched a new feature that is dedicated to #BookTok, a hashtag and TikTok community that is centered around discussing books. The new feature allows TikTok users to add links to books in their videos. According to TikTok's blog post announcement about the feature, when users select the links that are posted in the TikTok videos they're watching, the links will open up "a dedicated page with details about the book, including a brief summary. and a collection of other videos that linked the same title." The feature also allows users to save book titles to their profiles' Favorites tab.

Read more
TikTok Now is the latest attempt to clone BeReal
A series of three mobile screenshots showing TikTok's new TikTok Now feature.

If you liked BeReal and its daily post prompts, TikTok now offers a new feature based on a similar concept.

On Thursday, TikTok announced its own take on daily prompts via a series of tweets. Called TikTok Now, the new feature is expected to send daily notifications to users that prompt them to post a short (10 seconds) video or photo of what they're currently doing.

Read more