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Parents worried about their kids’ TikTok habit now have a few more tools to protect them.

TikTok debuted Family Pairing back in April, which allowed parents to manage daily screen time, limit (or turn off) direct messages, and prohibit the appearance of inappropriate content. Now, the social media giant is taking things up a notch by allowing parents to block certain search terms, users, and hashtags, and to limit who can comment on their children’s clips. Parents can also control how discoverable their kids are on TikTok by limiting access to just friends instead of the whole world, and they can stop people from seeing what their kids have liked.  

The measures follow a $5.7 FTC million fine TikTok had to pay last year for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. TikTok didn’t ask for parental consent while collecting personal information, including names, email addresses, phone numbers, and profile pictures, from users under the age of 13. 

Since the fine, a coalition of 20 advocacy groups led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) filed an FTC complaint against TikTok for what they called the company’s “predatory business model” against children.

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