TikTok unveils new safety controls

TikTok introduced new features on Wednesday giving parents more control over how their children use the popular short-form video platform.

With the new “Family Safety Mode,” parents will be able to control how long users spend on the app, limit their ability to send and receive mentions and restrict content.

The goal of the new mode is to promote the well-being of users, which “means having a healthy relationship with online apps and services,” TikTok’s Cormac Keenan wrote in a blog post.

The feature is available in the United Kingdom now and will be rolled out elsewhere “in the coming weeks,” according to the company.

The changes come as TikTok’s popularity, especially among children and teens, continues to skyrocket globally.

The app has been downloaded well over 100 million times in the U.S., and as it grows so has the scrutiny it has drawn, especially regarding how it deals with minors on the platform.