In times of social isolation, social networks, digital platforms and applications have become essential to keep in touch with family and friends and to keep users entertained. TikTok, for example, has quickly become one of the preferred applications for many kids and grades. To ensure that the youngest use it safely, the company decided to include new parental control features, complementing the Family Safe Mode introduced earlier.
Through Family Pairing, parents can link their children's account, allowing greater control over security settings. Once connected, parents can, for example, define how much time younger children can spend on the application, limit inappropriate content and restrict who can send direct messages to their children's account.
The company explains in a statement that the new functionality wants to bring the topic of privacy and online security to the conversations between parents and children. Even if the younger ones try to disable the functionality without the family's knowledge, the parents will receive a notification. If Family Pairing is accidentally disconnected, it will be possible to reconnect the accounts.
In addition to Family Pairing, TikTok decided to disable the direct messaging feature for all users under 16 years of age. The company indicates that the change will reach the accounts from April 30.
It is recalled that in February 2019, TikTok had to pay $ 5.7 million Federal Trade Commission after it was accused of violating the Federal Online Child Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The company then took a series of measures to ensure the safety of the youngest, including the creation of parental control tools.
However, security problems continue to mark the company's reputation. After the growing US TikTok scrutiny, Check Point Research claimed to have detected "multiple vulnerabilities" in the application in January of this year. The security flaws have already been resolved by the company, however, they allowed, for example, to delete videos from accounts and reveal personal information, such as email addresses.