TikTok is introducing a new “family safety mode” designed to give parents control over teens’ mobile phone habits.
It will let parents link their own TikTok accounts to their child’s – and turn features on and off remotely.
According to a report by The BBC, a recent survey by UK media regulator Ofcom found that TikTok was used by 13% of all children aged 12-15 in 2019 – up from 8% the year before.
The adults must open the app on both phones, head to the “digital wellbeing” settings, and identify which phone belongs to them, and which to the child.
Scanning a QR code from one phone with the other links the accounts, and lets the parent password-protect certain features.
These safety features have been on the TikTok platform for some time, but needed to be set on the teenager’s phone manually, and locked behind a password that had to be reset every 30 days.