Social media site TikTok recently announced that it has introduced a new parental control feature called Family Pairing. It’s designed to help parents keep their children safe by managing their screen time, limiting who they receive direct messages from and restricting access to inappropriate content.
TikTok is an app that allows users to create and share entertaining short-looping videos, and it’s hugely popular with young people. The app has been downloaded over 800 million times and we can see why it’s taken the world by storm. Sadly, it’s not all puppy videos and dance routines - many young people are exposed to offensive or inappropriate videos on the app, featuring everything from racist language to self-harm content.
So we were delighted when we heard that TikTok were taking steps to make the app a safer space for users. Children often start jumping on the TikTok-ing bandwagon when they’re around eight or nine years old, despite the app’s 13+ age restriction.
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