Users under the age of 18 will see a new screen time limit implemented by TikTok. The updates to TikTok’s time management tools for teens were announced by the platform. According to the company, TikTok users under the age of 18 will soon have their accounts automatically set to a 60-minute daily screen limit.
It is anticipated that the default time limit for eligible accounts will be available in the coming weeks. According to Cormac Keenan, head of trust and safety at TikTok, teens will still be able to continue using the app after the 60-minute limit has been reached. However, they will need to enter a prompt passcode in order to do so, requiring them to actively decide to do so.
According to Cormac Keenan, who also cited TikTok-supported research, they decided on this limit after consulting current academic research and experts from the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. However, there is no consensus on the appropriate amount of screen time or the impact of screen time in general.
The move by TikTok comes at a time when the popular Chinese-owned app is under more scrutiny in Washington for security concerns, in addition to growing concerns about how much time teenagers spend on social media in general.
The changes to TikTok’s screen limit come at a time when experts all over the world are raising concerns about the growing amount of time that young people spend in front of screens, especially on platforms like TikTok and other social media apps. Studies have shown that this has an effect on physical and mental health.
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