The popular video app recently announced some changes that are meant to make the app better for the mental health of teens and help them protect their privacy.
TikTok has announced that it will add new privacy features and features that protect mental health. This is similar to what Apple and Google have recently done. According to what the popular video app said, they are meant for teenagers in particular. There are a lot of changes, but they all have the same goal: to make sure that the platform is not too addictive, dangerous, or scary for kids.
One of the first things to point out is how push notifications work. TikTok will no longer show them to teens overnight. Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 won’t see them after 9 p.m., and those between 16 and 17 won’t see them after 10 p.m.
With teens in mind, TikTok has also added direct messages as a way to protect their privacy. When they sign up for a new account, 16- and 17-year-olds can’t use direct messaging. This means that they have to change the settings by hand if they want to send or receive them.
On the other hand, users in the same age range who already have an account on the platform. But have never used direct messages will be asked to review and confirm their privacy settings.
TikTok modifies to safeguard mental health of teens
When people under 16 post their first video on TikTok, the app will show them a box. In it, they can decide who can see the content and whether or not comments are allowed. Depending on the social network, they won’t be able to publish until they choose the right settings.
Lastly, the options for downloading TikTok videos now include new features. Downloads will be turned off for people ages 16 to 17, but they can be turned back on in their account settings. If you are under 16 years old, you will never be able to download anything you have uploaded.
TikTok’s new steps to protect the privacy of teen users come at a time when people are learning more about online bullying and toxicity and speaking out about it. It’s important to note that these aren’t the first steps of this kind that the platform has taken. Since the start of this year, all accounts for kids under 16 are private by default, and they can’t get direct messages either.