Instagram is launching new teen safety controls that can notify parents if their teenage child has been subjected to bullying or harassment. The new measures allow parents to receive information when a teen reports another account on Instagram.
That new control also now allows parents to begin a supervisory relationship with their teen’s use of Instagram, allowing features like screen time limits, who the teen’s followers are and other usage habits.
Company officials say the new controls will only apply to children over the age of 13, as the company’s Instagram Kids service is “paused”. Parental controls also won’t apply to activities such as direct messaging within the app, which are considered a private activity for teens.
According to recent research by CyberSafeKids, more than 80 percent of Irish children aged 8 to 12 have an online social media or social messaging account.
Meanwhile, Instagram parent meta is rolling out additional parental supervision controls for its virtual reality Quest system, where parents can review a teen’s friend list, see the amount of time they’re spending in the VR app, and more. Approve or decline your teen’s download or purchase of the app. Blocked on the basis of age. Under the new system, teens over the age of 13 can submit an “ask to buy” request that informs parents. Parents can also block specific apps, including web browsers, that are deemed inappropriate. However, for a parent or guardian to be linked to the juvenile’s account, the juvenile has to initiate the process.
Instagram is also rolling out a system of ‘nudge’ for teens, encouraging them to switch to a different topic if they’re seeing the same type of content over and over. The social networking giant says teens will not be ‘nudged’ to search for topics “associated with comparison of appearance”.
The company said in a blog post today, “We designed this new feature because research shows that nudges can be effective in helping people — especially teens — use social media at the moment. Well, pay more attention to it.”
“In a study on the effect of nudges on social media use, 58.2 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that nudges improve their social media experience by helping them become more aware of their time on the platform. has been made.”
Instagram is also launching new reminders for teens to turn on the ‘Take a Break’ feature when they’ve been scrolling through the reels for a while.