TikTok has announced that it will automatically limit daily screen time to 60 minutes for users under 18 in the coming weeks.
The new restrictions are part of a set of default features that the Chinese social media giant is implementing to improve the well-being of teens using the app.
“Every account owned by someone under 18 will automatically be set to a 60-minute daily screen time limit,” TikTok said in a post.
“If teens choose to disable this new default limit and spend more than 100 minutes a day on TikTok, we will suggest that they set a daily screen time limit for themselves.”
TikTok said that in the first month of testing, this approach increased the use of screen time management tools by 234%.
Teens will also receive weekly notifications with a summary of their weekly time.
Since screen time management on TikTok is a problem for most people, soon everyone will be able to set individual screen time limits for each day of the week and a schedule for turning off notifications.
TikTok has also updated its Family Pairing feature introduced in 2020, giving parents the ability to set their own daily screen time limit for their teens.
The Screen Time Dashboard will provide caregivers with a summary of the time spent on the app, the number of TikTok opens, and a breakdown of the total time spent during the day and night.
Parents can also set their own schedule to turn off their kids’ TikTok notifications.
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