TikTok Developer ByteDance Introduces Time Limit In China For Children Under 14

The Chinese version of the popular short video app TikTok, known as Douyin, will

limit users in China under the age of 14 to 40 minutes a day, parent company ByteDance said in a blog post on Saturday.

Special "child" application modecomplies with the new restrictions of the Chinese government on access to video games for young children. Teens under 14 will be able to log into Douyin between 6 am and 10 pm, but will not be able to use the app outside of that time, the company said. The rules will apply to “real name users” under the age of 14. The company encourages parents to help their children go through the authorization process or manually activate the "child" mode when prompted by the application.

The Chinese government pays special attention toreducing the amount of time Chinese teenagers spend on the Internet, which it considers "spiritual opium." Last month, the National Press and Publication Administration promulgated new regulations that restrict Chinese citizens under the age of 18 to play online games only on Fridays, weekends and holidays, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm - in fact, 3 hours a week.

ByteDance said the content availableusers in "kiddie" mode will now include educational materials such as "interesting popular science experiments, exhibitions in museums and galleries, beautiful landscapes across the country, explanations of historical knowledge, and so on."

Source: ByteDance, theverge

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