After being ranked as one of the worst corporate entities complicit in “perpetuating” sexual exploitation, the social media giant TikTok is giving parents more control over their children’s use of the app through new family safety control features.
Weeks after being named on the National Center for Sexual Exploitation’s annual Dirty Dozen List, the social media video platform with over 500 million users announced new modes available to parents in the U.S. and U.K. to “keep their teens safe on TikTok.”
In the 2020 Dirty Dozen List, NCOSE said TikTok’s lack of moderation and safety controls had created a “space for sexual grooming by abusers and sex traffickers.”
But now, NCOSE is praising TikTok for allowing parents to link their accounts to their children’s accounts, giving them control of what TikTok is calling “Digital Wellbeing” features.
Parents will be able to determine how long their teen can spend on TikTok per day and limit who can send messages to the child’s account. The feature even gives parents the ability to turn off their child’s messaging abilities through the app entirely.
Through restricted mode, a parent can restrict the “appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.”
In a statement Wednesday, the company said the safety and well-being of its users are “incredibly important” and wants to encourage users to have “a healthy relationship with online apps and services.”
TikTok said its screen time management feature was introduced in 2019 to help people set limits for how long they spend on the app each day.
“We will keep introducing ways to keep our community safe so they can stay focused on what matters to them — creating, sharing, and enjoying the creativity of TikTok’s community,” the announcement reads.
According to TikTok, the family safety mode is already available in the U.K. and will be rolled out to additional markets “in the coming weeks.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith