The platform has already sparked controversy regarding safety and security, and TikTok is now taking steps to crack down on the time young users spend on the app. Wednesday, TikTok announcement that it will roll out a series of new features aimed at teens and families, including limiting screen time.
In the coming weeks, users under the age of 18 will be limited to 60 minutes of screen time per day. The limit can be exceeded by entering a password, but users will need to make a conscious decision to stay on the app. A parent or guardian will be responsible for entering the passcode for users under 13, which will give them an additional 30 minutes to spend in the app.
ICT Tac reference research by the organization Internet Matters when announcing the decision to set daily screen time limits. The nonprofit found that when individuals are aware of the time they spend doing something, they are more likely to be intentional about how they use that time.
The company also noted that it worked with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Digital Wellness Lab to determine the timeline.
Other new features include daily customization screen limits for parents or guardians to customize a specific amount of time kids spend on the app, a screen time dashboard that will give a breakdown of app usage and scheduled mute notifications.
The features are an extension of TikTok’s already existing initiatives to protect young users, including accounts being automatically set to private for people aged 13 to 15.
“We will continue to invest in improving our current features as well as introducing new tools to help people stay in control as they express their creativity, make meaningful connections and enjoy entertainment that defines culture,” the company wrote in a statement.