Is it time to limit? The Chinese app that swept the world is causing trouble for the Chinese themselves as well. A few years after the storm of the Tiktok video app for our lives erupted, it is hard to imagine today what our lives (and the lives of our children) would have looked like without it. Even in the country of origin of the widget, which was launched by Bite.Dance from Beijing, it is difficult to live without their local version of the app – Doi.In.
The situation has worsened to the point that Bite.Dance has announced that it will limit the use of the local app in China to 40 minutes a day for all users under the age of 14, according to the Wall Street Journal. The use of the app will be restricted by “youth mode” when running the widget will limit itself to the time limit.
This move by the Chinese technology giant, joins another decision by the Chinese government right from the beginning of the month designed to prevent screen addiction. Three weeks ago, the Chinese government announced that it was restricting young people under the age of 18 from playing online games during working days, leaving a single window hour (between 20:00 and 21:00) on each weekend.
Also last month, Tiktok International (not the Chinese version Doi.In) announced a series of measures similar to those expected to be taken in China towards young users in the Western world as well. The Tiktok headquarters in Israel has announced that it will establish a “safety center” in Hebrew, which will instruct parents to use the tools previously presented to reduce the phenomenon of cyberbullying. The update states that accounts between the ages of 17.13 will include transferring the status of sending the private messages to “nobody” by default. That is, in order to send messages to others they will have to actively switch to another sharing option. Existing accounts will receive a message asking them to check and confirm their privacy settings the next time they use a feature. These updates are added to existing protections on messages such as disabling sending pictures or videos and disabling notifications for accounts under the age of 16.
Is there justice in the Chinese decision?
According to another CNN report, and as reported by Maariv, young people are dramatically affected by the trends in the video.based social network. So affected are they – that evidence of theft and vandalism in schools appears on the social network as mushrooms after the rain.
Numerous incidents of students being documented on the social network stealing equipment from the toilets of educational institutions have raised concerns about the deterioration of the phenomenon in the United States. CNN reported that some schools reported locking toilet cubicles in response.
Why do students do this? Common propaganda points to a factor of social pressure, alongside the understanding that students at younger ages are more prone to disaster in order to gain popularity among their peers. One of the students who recorded the vandalism operation said: “It felt wrong to do it, but I did it as part of a real or obligatory game with friends at a party.”
While in the United States parents are encouraged to be the overseers and supervisors of the trends that young people follow on the social network, in China they have decided to prevent such moral deterioration in advance while imposing strict restrictions on young users of the app. It should be noted that the trend in question has also reached Israel, and Israeli students have uploaded to the social network videos of them stealing valuable equipment from schools, such as soap dispensers, wall clocks and even windows.