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Tiktok to encourage teenagers to put down their phones

Tiktok will encourage teens to put down their phones if they use the platform for more than 100 minutes in a day, the social media giant has announced.

The company has unveiled new digital wellness tools for users, prompting them to take a screen break from the app after prolonged online one-on-one sessions, helping them take control of the overall time they spend on the social media platform.

The video sharing platform is very popular among teenagers. Tiktok said the two new tools would sit alongside an existing feature that allows users to set a daily time target for using the app and would help build a “positive relationship with digital devices.”

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

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

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

Younger members receive automatic prompts

Younger members also receive automatic digital wellbeing prompts. Officials said people between the ages of 13 and 17 would be nudged because of 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 are partly due to a study it conducted with online safety group Internet Matters, which found that allowing teens to feel in control of their online behavior has positive effects on their well-being and to have their habits.

“The research showed that younger users would welcome the introduction of built-in features and settings that encourage them to think critically about the time they spend online, but also encourage them to use settings to manage the time they spend online spend on the internet, actively manage app,” said Carolyn Bunting, executive director of Internet Matters.

“It’s important that they are in control of their online experiences and supported to make informed choices. “We look forward to TikTok developing more features that put children’s well-being at the heart of their design decisions.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/09/tiktok-encourage-teenagers-put-phones/ Tiktok to encourage teenagers to put down their phones

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