TikTok has announced that it is expanding its Family Pairing in-app parental controls function with educational resources to assist parents better support their teen users. The pairing tool, which was launched to users around the world last year allows parents of teenagers aged 13 and up to link their accounts to their children’s accounts so that they can set limits on how much screen time the teen can transmit and other features.
- New teams up TikTok has teamed together with the non-profit online security nonprofit Internet Matters to create the new educational content. The organization collaborated with teens to create a number of materials for parents to help them navigate the TikTok landscape and how teenagers use social media in general.
- Boundaries: Teens want parents to understand the boundaries they’re setting when utilizing features like family coupling, and they want them to be open to talking about how much time their children spend online. Teenagers don’t mind their parents setting boundaries, but they do want to feel like they can trust the adults in their lives.
- More freedom: Teenagers demand more liberty on their own devices and in social networks as they get older. Teens simply want to feel like they can talk to their peers online without being watched so intently. In the age of the internet, where many younger people are spending more time at home instead of visiting friends in person or participating in other personal group activities, this has become a significant aspect of the online experience.
- Teenage centric: This type of youth-focused privacy and security information is meant to help TikTok better identify itself as a platform that protects its younger users – a position that is becoming increasingly vital given the potential legislation that Big Tech has been seeking to move forward from recently. For example, in August, TikTok said that it will be adding greater data protection for younger teenagers in order to make the service more secure. The same was done by Facebook, Google, and YouTube.
- Security: Parents or guardians who have their accounts linked to a teen’s account using TikTok’s Family Linking function will receive a notification inviting them to learn more about the teen’s suggestions and how to complete these digital literacy and online chats, according to TikTok. Make your way to the security. Parents who engage in family coupling for the first time is also referred to the resources.