TikTok announces new tools for managing digital wellbeing and screen time

TikTok announces new tools for managing digital wellbeing and screen time

  • “Screen time breaks” will allow you to control the time spent on TikTok in a single session
  • It will notify users between 13 and 17 years old use the application for more than 100 minutes in a single day

TikTok has announced the launch of new features to help users manage the time they spend on the platform, with the ultimate goal of supporting the digital well-being of their community as they continue to create and discover content on the app. The new tools will come on top of existing ones, such as a screen time limit that lets users decide how long they’d like to spend on TikTok. 

Thus, in the coming weeks, the mobile video application will implement the “Screen time breaks” function, which offers the possibility of controlling the time spent on TikTok in a single session. In this way, the tool will remind users with warnings that they should take a break after a certain amount of time -determined by the user- uninterrupted in front of their devices. 

The social network ensures that digital experiences must bring joy, entertainment, connection and enrichment; and this goes through greater control over them. ” Having a positive relationship with digital devices and apps is not just about measuring screen time, but also about feeling in control of how we use technology and making sure that the time we spend online contributes positively to how we feel wellbeing ,” says Jordan Furlong, Head of Product and Digital Wellbeing at TikTok. 

On the other hand, the company has redesigned the screen time management panel on TikTok to provide data on the time the platform is used. In this way, it will be possible to access summaries of the daily time on TikTok , the number of times that The app opens and a breakdown of your day and night usage. Likewise, and if the user wishes, weekly notifications can be received to consult the control panel. 

In addition, the platform will introduce weekly tips on digital wellbeing for the youngest members of the community. In this sense, when a user between 13 and 17 years old uses the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day, it will send them a notice reminding them of the screen time limit tool the next time they open the app. 

Finally, it has created a guide , with the title “How can I reflect on my digital well-being with my family and friends”, in which it invites a global reflection on how time is spent online , regardless of whether it is on TikTok or on other platforms, how it makes them feel and what limits they set. The document will be available in the TikTok Security Center. 

“ We hope that these new digital wellbeing tools will continue to support our community in fostering a positive relationship with TikTok ,” added Furlong. ” We will continue to invest in protecting people’s wellbeing so that our community can feel in control of their lives . experience on TikTok and empowered to express their creativity, make meaningful connections, and enjoy entertainment that defines the culture ,”

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.