- TikTok has announced a default 60-minute screen limit for teen and pre-teen users, which can be disabled or increased.
- The company aims to reduce screen time and will prompt users under 18 to enter a passcode to continue watching videos for the next 30 minutes after hitting the time limit.
- Additionally, TikTok has introduced new features to give parents more control over their children’s accounts, including the ability to apply and adjust limits and view screen time dashboards.
TikTok has announced a default 60 minutes screen limit for teenage and pre-teen users, although, this can be disabled or increased. The change coincides with the several oppositions the social media company is facing in the US.
TikTok, which banks on heavy usage and virality, is now working towards reducing screen times among its biggest users, teens. According to the release, if a user under 18 hits the time limit, they will be prompted to enter a passcode to continue watching videos for the next 30 minutes.
Also, instead of disabling it completely, teen users can choose a new limit from the prompt that appears if they use the app for more than 100 minutes in a day.
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In addition, they will receive a message in their inbox that shows their weekly screen time recaps. The company hopes this informs users if they are spending more time on the platform than they should.
TikTok has said that its prompts and notification led to more usage of its screen time tools. “While there’s no collectively-endorsed position on how much screen time is ‘too much’, or even the impact of screen time more broadly, we recognize that teens typically require extra support as they start to explore the online world independently,” Cormac Keenan, Head of Trust and Safety at TikTok said.
This is not all, TikTok is also giving back a bit of control to parents and guardians through Family Pairing by adding new features. They can apply limits and adjust them on the accounts of younger users. Also, they see the screen time dashboards to see how much time their wards are spending on the site.
Coupled with the auto mute notification feature that is effected from 9PM, parents can mute notifications on accounts. They will soon be able to use a new tool to filter words and hashtags they don’t want kids to see.
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