As a parent, you want the best for your child, including keeping them safe while they use TikTok. With family pairing settings on TikTok, you can limit the type of content your child can see and interact with.
In today’s guide, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions and helpful tips for changing your family pairing settings on TikTok.
Why Use Parental Controls?
When it comes to protecting our children online, the rise of social media and a never-ending stream of new apps and trends only makes things more difficult. TikTok is no exception. As a parent, consider using the parental controls on TikTok to protect your child from inappropriate content and set limits on their app usage.
Parental controls are never any fun, but sometimes we need to have a say in what our kids see on the internet.
Here are a few reasons you might consider using family pairing on TikTok to set up parental controls:
- Protection from inappropriate content: The internet is a vast and ever-changing place, and it can be difficult to keep up with all the available content. With parental controls on TikTok, you can filter out content that may not be suitable for your child. Thus, you can be confident that your child is only viewing age-appropriate content.
- Limit app usage: With TikTok being such a popular app, it’s easy for children to get caught up in the endless scroll of videos. You can set limits on how much time your child can spend on the app each day. This helps prevent addiction and encourages your child to engage in other activities and hobbies.
- Monitor activity: With the parent-child account feature of family pairing on TikTok, you can keep an eye on your child’s activity on the app. You’ll be able to see what videos they’re watching, who they’re interacting with, and even control their settings. This gives you the power to intervene if you notice any concerning behavior.
- Keep them safe from online predators: TikTok, like any other social media platform, can be a breeding ground for online predators who are looking to exploit children. You can limit the amount of personal information your child shares online, making Tiktok a more safe and enjoyable platform for your children.
Setting Up Restricted Mode Through Content Preferences
TikTok offers plenty of options if you are looking for a healthier relationship with your technology. You can limit screen time, change your content preferences, and so much more. By far, the most helpful feature for your family pairing settings is the restricted mode.
Restricted mode allows you to customize the types of content that are blocked on the app, giving you control over what your eyes see.
The following steps will guide you through setting up restricted mode on TikTok.
Step 1: Launch the TikTok app and tap on the Profile icon located in the bottom right corner.
Launch the app. In the lower column, you will see numerous buttons; click the Profile button right below your screen.
Step 2: Press the three horizontal lines in the top right corner
Click on the hamburger menu (represented by three horizontal lines) in the top right-hand corner.
Step 3: Select Settings and Privacy from the options
A list of options will pop up. Click on the Settings and Privacy option, and it will show you numerous settings.
Step 4: Under Restricted Mode, toggle the switch to enable the feature
You can customize the types of content that are blocked by adjusting the sliders for “Violence,” “Sexual Content,” “Bullying,” and “Drugs.”
Just tap Save to confirm. And that’s it!
With restricted mode enabled, TikTok will filter out content that may not be suitable for all ages based on your selected settings. Keep in mind that this feature is not foolproof, and some inappropriate content may still slip through, but it’s a great step in the right direction to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the app for your child.
Filtering Videos Based on Keywords
If you want even more fine-tuned control over what shows up on your feed or your child’s, you can filter videos based on keywords.
Step 1: Tap on the Profile icon located in the bottom right corner
Click on Profile in the bottom right corner of your screen.
Step 2: Tap on the hamburger menu at the top
Click on the hamburger menu, or the three horizontal lines.
Step 3: Click Settings and Privacy
Select Settings and Privacy from the menu.
Step 4: Tap Content preferences, then tap Filter video keywords.
Click Content preferences, then select Filter video keywords.
Step 5: Tap Add keywords and enter a word or hashtag you’d like to filter.
Select the feeds you’d like to filter from. Then just tap Save to confirm, and you’re all set!
In the following video, Adina, Director of Media Relations at Bark, demonstrates how to set up and manage TikTok parental controls.
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