TikTok sets new time limits, other safeguards for teens : NPR
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Tech giant TikTok has announced new safeguards for teens, amid growing calls from social media companies to better protect young people online.
This change is intended to help teens limit their screen time and be more conscious of how much time they spend on TikTok during their day. the company said on wednesday.
Cormac Keenan, Head of Trust and Safety at TikTok, said:
Experts say the explosion of social media over the past two decades has put young people’s mental health at risk.depression rate surgeand a third of teenage girls report Some are contemplating suicide in 2021.Studies show that limiting screen time can help young people i feel better about themselves.
TikTok users under the age of 18 are now automatically subject to a 60 minute daily time limit. The app can still be used after entering the passcode, but the company says users must actively decide to extend that time.
Users under the age of 13 also have a 60-minute daily limit, and a parent or guardian can enter a passcode to extend daily use for an additional 30 hours.
TikTok will send a weekly screen time summary to all teen accounts and encourage teens who spend more than 100 minutes in the app to set a daily limit.
The company said it settled on the default 60-minute limit after consulting academic research and experts at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Digital Wellness Lab, but Keenan said, “There is no question about the ‘right’ screen time, or screen time. broader impact.”
In addition to safety concerns for young users, TikTok, whose parent company ByteDance is based in Beijing, also questions to face About whether user data is safe from Chinese authorities. TikTok denies sharing data with the Chinese government.
White House said this week Federal agencies were given 30 days to remove TikTok from government devices. Canada and the european parliament We recently enacted a similar ban.
https://www.npr.org/2023/03/01/1160317717/tiktok-teens-screen-time-limit-mental-health TikTok sets new time limits, other safeguards for teens : NPR