Hey guys! We at Fixing Port welcome you for yet another guide on the gigantic video-sharing platform called TikTok. Today, we’ll answer the question: “does TikTok have parental controls?”
Does TikTok Have Parental Controls?
YES. A big, resounding YES.
But to our shock, not only very few people are aware of this, fewer still know about how to go about it.
Which is why we have decided to make the task easy for you.
In this article, we’ll present to you 8 ways on how to implement the parental controls in TikTok.
But before that, an important question.
Why are parental controls necessary?
“Does TikTok have parental controls?” You must be wondering what’s the need to ask this question in the first place.
Well, in this day and age of the internet and smartphones, almost anyone can access inappropriate content, in the form of pornographic video, abuse and mature content which affects children by mistake.
And even though, TikTok has a minimum age limit of 12 years to make an account on it, it isn’t exactly the most reliable thing in the world.
Which makes implementing parental controls really important.
We’re glad you asked.
How to implement parental controls?
We’ll discuss this section in 8 easy ways.
Read on and make sure you’re doing it correctly:
1. Turn on the “Digital Wellbeing” feature
Digital Wellbeing includes both Screen Time Management (to avoid overspending time on TikTok) and Restricted Mode.
This will also help in filtering out age-inappropriate content and other explicit content outright. But since this is done on the basis of coding and machine, there will always be the odd one that slips through. So, we recommend turning it on, in addition to some of the other steps mentioned below.
2. Disallow people to download your videos
If you have a public profile on TikTok, which you probably do, then anyone can download your videos on TikTok.
Turning them off seems to be a smart move in this respect. Here are the steps:
- Go to “Privacy and Safety”.
- Find the sub-section “Safety”.
- Turn off where it says “Allow Download”.
3. Turn off other options like above
In the same section, you will find options like “Who Can Send Me Comments”, “Who can send me messages” and “Who Can React to Me”.
Turning them off will be good for you are looking for a safer TikTok experience.
4. Install a proper App Lock
A combination of pattern/PIN and a face/thumb lock can help you prevent your kids from accessing the phone itself. But, if you think that’s a bit too much, then there are apps to put a PIN specifically on apps. Like TikTok.
5. “Stay Focused”: For Time Management
Kids these days spend more than acceptable time on TikTok rather than doing important stuff like..I don’t know…STUDYING?
As a parent, you can use the “Stay Focused” app to limit the number of times your kid opens the app and for how long.
6. Switch off “Allow Others to Find Me”
Turning off this feature will help you stay off the radar of potential creeps lurking on the net.
Better safe than sorry, folks!
7. Switch to a Private Account
Switching off to a Private Account means that you can’t share your videos with the general public and instead, you can only share them with approved followers.
This may be a deal-breaker for those who have aspirations to become an influencer. But for those who use TikTok only to watch stuff and make videos occasionally for themselves, switching to a Private Account makes sense.
8. Ask your kid to Unfollow/Block any potential person who seems like a potential threat
This will ensure that your TikTok remains a safe area and you can also get away from the vying eyes of such people.
There we go. It’s imperative that you keep the safety of your kids and your family before anything else and we have now provided you with 8 measures to do so, at least on TikTok.
We began this article by asking an important question: “does TikTok have parental controls”. And now we’ll end it by issuing yet another piece of wise advice.
No one method mentioned above is the best one. Instead, use a combination of whatever seems suitable to you and actually implementing it is the key.
We’ll like to take our leave at that statement.
Until next time, b-bye!!