According to its parent company ByteDance, users under 14 years old in China of the popular short video app TikTok, called Douyin, will be limited to 40 minutes of using it daily.
Young children in China are limited to playing video games for a longer period, so the app’s youth mode is in line with the new restrictions. Douyin will be available to teens under 14 between the hours of 6AM and 10PM, but they will not be permitted to use it beyond that time frame.
Users who authenticate their real names under the age of 14 will be subject to the new rules. Parents are encouraged to help their children when the app prompts them to authenticate their real names.
The Chinese government has attempted to reduce teenagers’ online time, which the government deems harmful. Earlier this month, China announced new rules which restrict citizens under 18 from playing online games between 8 pm and 9 pm on Fridays, weekends, and national holidays.
To access online games, users need to provide a phone number and other identification, which is handed out by authorities to game companies and platforms like Douyin.
With youth mode, ByteDance now offers users educational content like science experiments, visiting museums and galleries, viewing stunning scenery across the nation, and learning about history.