Short video service TikTok has announced several innovations aimed at limiting the time it can interact with the platform for its teenage audience. For example, users under the age of 18 can watch TikTok content for up to an hour a day.
Once this limit is reached, you will be asked to enter an access code to continue browsing. At the same time, users can completely disable this feature, but in this case, when watching videos for more than 100 minutes per day, they will be asked to set a new limit. Additionally, teens get weekly reports on the time they spend watching TikTok videos.
The developers claim that when creating new restrictions, data from academic research and the opinion of experts from the Digital Health Laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital were taken into account. There is no collectively approved TikTok engagement time, but the company understands that teens need extra support as they begin to explore the web.
The post also states that the 60-minute time limit applies to children under the age of 13 using the special app TikTok for Younger Users. If this limit is exceeded, the child’s parents can enter an access code that allows them to interact with TikTok for an additional 30 minutes. New features have also been added to Family Pairing, including customizable parental controls, additional restrictions on a child’s interaction with the platform, and reports on time spent on TikTok.
Parents can also control when TikTok notifications arrive by setting times when they shouldn’t arrive on their kid’s device. Currently, push notifications are automatically turned off at 9:00 p.m. for users aged 13-15 and at 10:00 p.m. for users aged 16-17. TikTok is also developing new content management tools that will allow parents to filter inappropriate videos based on keywords.