TikTok Risks Annoying Teenagers by Offering Parents More Control Starting April 30, the app will also automatically disable Direct Messages for users under the age of 16.

By Stephanie Mlot

This story originally appeared on PC Mag

via PC Mag

TikTok is making the internet safer one lip-syncing music video at a time. The popular app this week introduced Family Pairing—a way for parents and teens to customize their privacy settings based on individual needs.

The new feature, rolling out "over the coming weeks," does require guardians to create their own TikTok account (helping the company boost user numbers while promoting security), which links to their child. Once enabled, adults can manage daily screen time, limit (or turn off) direct messages, and restrict the appearance of inappropriate content.

Related: How to Use TikTok to Promote Your Business

"Family Pairing enhances our suite of safety tools and complements our work to provide greater access to product features as users reach key milestones for digital literacy," Jeff Collins, director of Trust & Safety at TikTok, wrote in a blog announcement. "It is part of our continued work toward providing parents better ability to guide their teen's online experience while allowing time to educate about online safety and digital citizenship."

Though welcome news for mom and dad, I can't imagine youngsters will appreciate the perceived digital manipulation. So, in an effort to assuage teens, TikTok is partnering with some of its trendiest creators to launch short videos encouraging folks to keep tabs on their screen time. "These fun videos use the upbeat tone our users love while offering a suggestion to take a break and do something offline, like read a book," the blog post said.

Related: WHO Joins TikTok to Fight Misinformation

Not interested in signing up for the social network just to spy on your kids? Even without Family Pairing enabled, parents can activate Screen Time Management and Restricted Mode by visiting TikTok's Digital Wellbeing controls via the in-app settings. Plus, starting April 30, the company will automatically disable Direct Messages for registered accounts if the user is under the age of 16.

Wavy Line
Stephanie Mlot

Reporter at PCMag

Stephanie began as a PCMag reporter in May 2012. She moved to New York City from Frederick, Md., where she worked for four years as a multimedia reporter at the second-largest daily newspaper in Maryland. She interned at Baltimore magazine and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in the town of Indiana, in the state of Pennsylvania) with a degree in journalism and mass communications.

Editor's Pick

A Leader's Most Powerful Tool Is Executive Capital. Here's What It Is — and How to Earn It.
One Man's Casual Side Hustle Became an International Phenomenon — And It's on Track to See $15 Million in Revenue This Year
3 Reasons to Keep Posting on LinkedIn, Even If Nobody Is Engaging With You
Why a Strong Chief Financial Officer Is Crucial for Your Franchise — and What to Look for When Hiring One

Related Topics

Business News

More Americans Are Retiring Abroad, Without a Massive Nest Egg — Here's How They Made the Leap

About 450,000 people received their social security benefits outside the U.S. at the end of 2021, up from 307,000 in 2008, according to the Social Security Administration.

Business News

Woman Ties the Knot at White Castle Almost 30 Years After the Chain Gave Her Free Food as a Homeless Teen

Jamie West was just 12 years old when she ran away from the foster care system.

Business News

Lululemon Employees Say They Were Fired for Trying to Stop Shoplifters

Two Georgia women say Lululemon fired them without severance for trying to get thieves out of the store.

Business News

New York Lawyer Uses ChatGPT to Create Legal Brief, Cites 6 'Bogus' Cases: 'The Court Is Presented With an Unprecedented Circumstance'

The lawyer, who has 30 years of experience, said it was the first time he used the tool for "research" and was "unaware of the possibility that its content could be false."

Business News

The Virgin Islands Want to Serve Elon Musk a Subpoena, But They Can't Find Him

Government officials would like to talk to Tesla's owner as part of an investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein case.