Instagram rolls out new parental supervision tools

Instagram on Wednesday rolled out new tools that will allow parents to more closely monitor their children’s interactions on the social media app.

In a blog post, Instagram manager Adam Mosseri said parents will be able to see how much time their teens spend on Instagram and set time limits. They’ll also be notified when their teen shares that they’ve reported someone. Parents will also be able to see and receive updates on accounts their teens are following and accounts that are following their teens.

The additional measures will be rolled out globally in the coming months.

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The tools will be part of the app’s “Family Center” where parents and guardians can access various supervision tools and resources from leading experts.

Mosseri said teens will need to initiate in-app supervision on mobile devices for now. It plans to add the ability for parents to initiate supervision in the app and on desktop in June. Teens will need to approve parental supervision if requested by their parent or guardian.

“Parents and guardians know what’s best for their teens, and in December I committed to developing new supervision tools that allow them to be more involved in their teens’ experiences,” Mosseri said. .

In December, Instagram launched a feature that urges teens to take breaks from the photo-sharing platform and announced other tools to protect young users from harmful content on the Facebook-owned service.

Younger users will see notifications about the feature and be prompted to set reminders to take more breaks in the future. It’s one of the efforts that Facebook, rebranded as Meta Platforms, has touted on its multiple social media channels as it weathers backlash for not doing enough to contain harmful content and faces new legislation to impose restrictions on tech giants.

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Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower, testified before U.S. and European lawmakers working on the measures, citing internal research at the company suggesting peer pressure generated by Instagram has led to mental health and social issues. body image in young users, especially girls, and in some cases, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.

Haugen also offered advice on new online rules that are much more advanced in the UK and the European Union, which has pioneered efforts to rein in big tech companies.

The social media platform also said it was developing features that would prevent people from tagging or mentioning unfollowing teens, push younger users to other things if they focused on one topic. for some time and would be more strict about the posts, hashtags and accounts it recommends to try to reduce potentially dangerous or sensitive content.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.

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