A Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe On TikTok

March 30, 2021

What is TikTok, and why is my kid so obsessed with it? We’re here to break it down and help you keep your kids safe online and on the app.

What is TikTok?

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The Dangers of TikTok for Kids

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1. Easy access to inappropriate content

2. Predators

3. Cyberbullying

4. Privacy

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on TikTok

  • Screen Time Management:  Decide how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day. You can set your teen’s screen time limit directly from your own account, and if your teen has multiple devices, the set time limit will apply to each device individually.
  • Restricted Mode: Restrict the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
  • Search: Decide whether your teen can search for content, accounts, hashtags, or sounds.
  • Discoverability: Decide whether your teen’s account is private (your teen decides who can see their content) or public (anyone can view their content).
  • Suggest account to others: Decide whether your teen’s account can be recommended to others.
  • Direct Messages: TikTok users become eligible for direct messages at 16. Parents may restrict who can send messages to the connected account, or turn off direct messaging completely. Please note: Direct messaging is automatically turned off for registered accounts between the ages of 13 and 15. accounts between the ages of 13 and 15.
  • Liked Videos: Decide who can view the videos your teen liked.
  • Comments: Decide who can comment on your teen’s videos.

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