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What is Restricted Mode?  •  What is Family Pairing?  •  How to set up Family Pairing  •  How to manage Family Pairing controls  •  Safety resources


At TikTok, we care about your safety while using the app. That’s why we provide a number of safety tools and resources that allow you to control privacy preferences and access content that’s relevant and appropriate.






What is Restricted Mode?


Restricted Mode on TikTok limits exposure to content that may not be appropriate or suitable for everyone. We're always working on improving this feature, but if you find an inappropriate video in Restricted Mode, you can report it.

To turn Restricted Mode on or off:
1. Tap Profile in the bottom right.
2. Tap the 3-line icon in the top right.
3. Tap Settings and privacy.
4. Tap Digital Wellbeing, then tap Restricted Mode.
5. Follow the steps in the app to turn on Restricted Mode. Note: This feature is available only for the TikTok app, and not available on mobile web or desktop browsers.






What is Family Pairing?


Family Pairing on TikTok allows parents and teens to customize their safety settings based on individual needs. A parent can link their TikTok account to their teen's and set controls including:

Daily screen time
•  Decide how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day.
•  You can set your teen's screen time limit directly from your own account.
•  If your teen has multiple devices, the set time limit will apply to each device individually.
Learn more about screen time on TikTok.

Restricted Mode
•  Restrict your teen's exposure to content that may not be appropriate or suitable for them.

Search
•  Decide whether your teen can search for content, people, hashtags, or sounds.

Discoverability
•  Decide whether your teen's account is private (your teen decides who can see their content) or public (anyone can view their content).

Suggest account to others
•  Decide whether your teen's account can be recommended to others.
Learn more about suggested accounts on TikTok.

Direct Messages
•  Restrict who can send messages to your teen, or turn off direct messaging completely.
•  Direct messaging on TikTok is only available to registered account holders aged 16 and older.
•  Direct messaging is automatically turned off for registered accounts between the ages of 13 and 15.
Learn more about direct messages on TikTok.

Liked videos
•  Decide who can view the videos your teen liked.

Comments
•  Decide who can comment on your teen's videos.
TikTok's parental controls are only available for the TikTok mobile app, and are not available on mobile web or desktop browsers. If your teen accesses TikTok via a browser as well as via the mobile app, you may want to use the parental controls available on the browser or on your teen's device.
•  Google's family center gives advice on how to set a screen time limit for Android and Chrome.
•  Apple's parental controls page advises how to set controls on iPhones, iPads, Macs and Safari.






How to set up Family Pairing


To link parent and teen accounts:
1. Tap Profile in the bottom right.
2. Tap the 3-line icon in the top right.
3. Tap Settings and privacy, then tap Family Pairing.
4. Tap Parent or Teen.
5. Follow the steps in the app to link accounts.






How to manage Family Pairing controls


To manage or view Family Pairing controls:
1. Tap Profile in the bottom right.
2. Tap the 3-line icon in the top right.
3. Tap Settings and privacy, then tap Family Pairing.
4. Select the account you want to manage.
5. Update the controls, as needed.






Safety resources


If you need support, or if you’re concerned about a friend, help is available. You can speak with someone who can help using the information below.

Global resources
•  Family Online Safety Institute
•  Internet Watch Foundation
•  WePROTECT Global Alliance
•  National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Local resources
For a list of local organizations, visit our Safety Center.

Additional resources
You can find additional resources in our Safety Center for the following issues:
•  Preventing child sexual abuse on TikTok
•  Sexual Assault Resources
•  Eating disorders
•  Bullying prevention
•  COVID-19
•  Suicide and self-harm
•  Digital well-being
•  Parent and caregivers guide


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