As TikTok has become increasingly popular with teens, the platform has gradually introduced a number of measures to help keep teens safe. Last year, the company introduces age checks and recently the company banned several videos showing “underage delinquent behavior.” And now, TikTok is giving parents more control over how long their kids can spend on the app.
The company introduces a new Family Safety Mode under which parents will be able to control how long their children can spend on TikTok, according to a new blog post from Cormac Keenan, head of trust and safety at EMEA. The goal of this feature is to encourage people to develop “a healthy relationship with online apps and services.”
There’s also a new restricted mode, which lets parents manage the type of content their kids can see. TikTok’s Family Safety Mode will also allow parents to restrict who can send their kid a direct message or turn off the option to direct message completely.
“We will keep introducing ways to keep our community safe so they can stay focused on what matters to them — creating, sharing, and enjoying the creativity of TikTok’s community,” TikTok’s blog post reads.
Those not in Family Safety Mode can scroll past the videos, but people using TikTok with parental controls won’t be able to watch any longer. Family Safety Mode is available in the UK now and will roll out to other areas in the coming weeks.
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