The updates are the latest in a series of changes the app is making to its safety features.
TikTok has announced updates to its Screen Time Management feature, which offers users the ability to dictate how long they spend on the app in any given day. Initially, the only option available to users was the ability to cap their usage at two hours. However, as of 28 March, they will now be able to select an amount from a wider range of options – 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes per day.
In order to use the app past their allotted time frame, users must enter a predetermined password of their choosing.
Along with this, the app has also announced an update to its Restricted Mode feature, which, if activated, filters out inappropriate content from the For You feed of minors. As with the Screen Time Management feature, Restricted Mode is password activated, with each password being valid for 30 days at a time.
The Screen Time Management feature is described as useful for those who wish to cap how much time they’re spending on their smartphones. As well, it and Restricted Mode are being pushed as tools parents can use if they wish to supervise and support their children while online.
The news of the updates comes after TikTok announced the launch of a new safety series and a new safety feature that allows users to block certain words from appearing in their comments sections.
Both features are available through TikTok’s privacy and settings, under the Digital Wellbeing section.