TikTok adds new screen time management tools to boost ‘digital wellbeing’


TikTok has announced new digital wellbeing tools for users that will prompt them to take a screen break from the app after prolonged one-on-one sessions online and help them take control of the overall time they spend on the social media platform.

The video sharing platform is extremely popular among teenagers.

The company said the two new tools would join its existing daily screen time limit feature that lets users set a daily time allotment for app usage per day and help establish a “positive relationship with digital devices” based on the user being in control.

The new Screen Time limit will prompt users to take a break after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time – a figure that the user can also set themselves.

Meanwhile, the new Screen Time dashboard will show TikTok user data on how long they spend on the app, how often they open it and a breakdown of their day-to-day usage and at night, with a weekly activation option. notifications to review figures also available.

“At TikTok, we believe that our digital experiences should bring us joy, entertainment, connection and enrichment,” said a TikTok blog post.

“Having a positive relationship with digital devices and apps isn’t just about measuring screen time, it’s also about feeling in control of how we use technology and ensuring that screen time that we spend online contributes positively to our sense of well-being.

“That’s why we’re taking a number of steps today to help support the digital wellbeing of our community as they create and discover on TikTok.”

The social media giant has also released a new online guide to its Safety Center that offers tips for good digital habits and setting boundaries.

TikTok has confirmed that younger members of its community will also start receiving automatic Digital Wellbeing prompts.

He said people between the ages of 13 and 17 would be pushed about the app’s screen time limit tool if they used the platform for more than 100 minutes in a single day.

TikTok said the changes come in part as a result of a study it conducted with online safety group, Internet Matters, which found that when teens feel in control of their online behavior and habits online, it has a positive impact on their well-being.

“Research has shown that young users would welcome the introduction of built-in features and settings that both encourage them to think critically about the time they spend online, but also encourage them to use settings to actively manage the time they spend on the app,” said Internet Matters CEO Carolyn Bunting.

“It’s important that they feel in control of their online experiences and are supported to make informed choices.

“We look forward to TikTok developing more features that put kids’ well-being at the heart of their design choices.”


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