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Online Safety Update January 2021

Jan 13, 2021


TikTok has been around for a while now and most people are aware of it, yet it is one of the (if not ‘the’) fastest growing social media platforms around the world.

Family Safety Mode

Early in February 2020 TikTok introduced a new feature, Family Safety Mode, which it refers to as ‘digital wellbeing’ features. Family Safety Mode allows a parent to link their TikTok account to their child’s account. Once enabled parents will be able to manage the digital wellbeing features, which are:

• Screen management - control how long your child can spend on TikTok each day.

• Direct messages - limit who can send messages to the connected account or turn DM’s off completely.

• Restricted mode - restrict the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences

How to enable Family Safety Mode

1. To enable Family Safety Mode you first of all need to have the TikTok app on your (parent/carer) device and be logged in to your account.

2. At the top right you will see 3 dots. Tap on these which will take you into the Privacy and Settings menu.

3. Scroll down to Digital Wellbeing and tap, you will be presented with the 3 options.

4. Firstly, tap on Family Safety Mode in order to activate the feature. Tap on parent and your child will then need to scan the QR code in order to link the two accounts.

5. You can now activate the screen time management feature, where you can manage the amount of screen time you allow (40, 60, 90 and 120 minutes). You will then set a password which prevents your child going over their allocated time.

6. Once this is done you should activate Restricted Mode which is a feature to try to prevent your child seeing inappropriate content.

7. You should limit who can send messages to the connected account or turn off Direct Messaging completely and also ensure your child’s account is set to Private.

Reporting Harmful content Online:

Everyone should know how to report harmful content online and raise concerns directly with each provider:


Additional Resources for Parents and Young People: