The kids aren’t alright: China limits TikTok use for children to 40 minutes a day

Kids in China have it tough. Weeks after the country limited their online multiplayer gaming time to just three hours a week, it’s putting a cap on TikTok usage with a mere 40 minutes a day allowed. That’s harsh.

Over the weekend, ByteDance, the owner of China’s Tiktok version called Douyin, said that it’s introducing a new ‘Youth Mode’ for kids under 14. This new mode will let them use the app for just 40 minutes a day. Plus, they’re not allowed to use it between 10PM and 6AM.

This Youth Mode is applicable to users who are registered with their real name using the country’s authentication system  — which requires users to verify themselves with a government ID — rolled out last year. ByteDance is also urging parents to complete the authentication of children who haven’t done so yet.

The company said this is another step to reduce digital addiction issues amongst kids.