TikTok understands how easy it is to spend hours sitting around and watching videos, so the company is giving parents more control over how long their kids can spend on the app.
Under the new Family Safety Mode, 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 is to encourage people to develop “a healthy relationship with online apps and services.”
The first of these new features is a new Family Safety Mode. Once engaged, this gives parents the ability to control digital safety features on a linked account, including things like:
Screen Time Management: Control how long their teen can spend on TikTok each day.
Direct Messages: Limit who can send messages to the connected account or turn off direct messaging completely.
Restricted Mode: Restrict the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
TikTok is also adding features to limit Screentime management. Much like YouTube, TikTok can turn into a time suck if you aren’t careful – something which is often parodied on the app itself by users. The firm has now taken a different approach to encouraging users to take some time off.
Family Safety Mode is currently available in the UK, but it will roll out to other markets in the coming weeks.