Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging How to Use TikTok Parental Controls and Family Pairing Manage screen time and restrict content on your child's TikTok account by S.E. Slack Strategy Director, Lifewire.com S.E. Slack has 30+ years' experience writing about technology. She has authored 12 books, thousands of articles, and worked for IBM and Microsoft. our editorial process LinkedIn S.E. Slack Updated on June 24, 2020 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email TikTok has different ways to help parents control how long kids spend on the app, who they talk to, and limit inappropriate content. In this article, you'll learn: How to set screen time and video restrictions limits on a TikTok account directly on a child's phone.How to connect your account to your child's account and use Family Pairing to remotely control a child's TikTik account restrictions.How to unlink Family Pairing. Learn Everything You Need to Know About TikTok Safety How to Quickly Set TikTok Screen Time Limits You can limit your child's daily screen time on TikTok to 60 minutes just by accessing the child's account directly. On the child's phone, follow these steps to set that limit: Open TikTok and tap Me (Profile). It's on the bottom right of your screen. Tap Settings which is the three vertical dots at the top right of your screen. Tap Digital Wellbeing. Tap Screen Time Management. Tap Turn on Screen Time Management. Enter a numerical passcode. This passcode will be used for both Screen Time Management and Restricted modes. Tap Next. Confirm the passcode by entering it again. Tap Next. How to Restrict What Your Child Can Watch You can somewhat restrict the type of content your child sees but TikTok is not very clear about how it determines appropriate vs. inappropriate content for children. However, setting algorithm-related limits is better than setting none. Again using the child's account on their phone, follow these steps to set TikTok-controlled video content restrictions: Open TikTok and tap Me (Profile). It's on the bottom right of your screen. Tap Settings. (Three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.) Tap Digital Wellbeing. Tap Restricted Mode. Tap Turn on Restricted Mode. Set a numerical passcode. If you already set time limits, you must use the same passcode. Tap Next. Confirm the passcode. Tap Next. Direct messaging is automatically disabled for registered users between the ages of 13 and 15. How to Connect Your TikTok Account to Your Child's Account Although a parent can set TikTok limits directly using the account on a child's phone, they can easily be changed by anyone who has the 4-digit passcode. If you prefer, you can set up an adult account and link it to the child's account to remotely control the settings from the adult's phone instead. This is done using the Family Pairing feature in TikTok and requires that you have your own TikTok account. After you've set up your own TikTok account on your phone, follow these steps to link the two accounts: Open TikTok on the parent's phone. Click Me (Profile). It's on the bottom right of your screen. Tap Settings. (Three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.) Tap Family Pairing. Tap Parent. Tap Next. Tap Continue. A QR code will appear on the parent's account prompting the use of the child's account to scan the code. Open your child's TikTok account on their phone. Go to Profile > Settings, just like you did on your phone. Tap Family Pairing. Tap Teen. Tap Next. Use the child's phone to scan the QR code on the parent's phone by tapping Scan Code and holding the child's phone over the code on the parent's phone. Once scanned, TikTok will display a message on the child's phone indicating that the child's account is now linked to the parent's account. Tap Link Account. Confirm your selection again by tapping Link. Family Pairing on both phones will now display messages indicating that the parent and child accounts are now linked. How to Set Parental Controls Using Family Pairing Now that Family Pairing is set up, you can control the child's account from your phone and change settings at any time. Your child will be unable to break any passcodes because everything is controlled remotely from the parent's account on their phone. Screen time and content restriction limits are set up exactly as the steps outlined above. Additional options for Search and Direct messaging controls are now accessible through Family Pairing. To limit search capabilities on TikTok, toggle the Search feature to Off. To control who your child can send messages to or receive messages from, tap Direct messages. Tap your choice: Everyone, Friends, or Off. How to Unlink Family Pairing If you decide to remove Family Pairing from your child's account, follow these steps: Open TikTok on the parent's phone. Click Me (Profile). It's on the bottom right of your screen. Tap Settings. (Three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.) Tap Family Pairing. Tap the child's account you want to be removed. Tap Unlink. Tap Unlink again.