Meta has launched a new parental control tool on Instagram. This is the first step in building a Family Center where parents can manage their children’s social media usage across all of Meta’s apps. While the Instagram tool is currently only available in the United States, it is gradually being rolled out worldwide. That’s what Meta said in his blog.
The company behind Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp is introducing these parental controls in response to criticism from the public. Facebook would consider profit more important than the well-being of its users. That was evident from the testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen in October. Instagram is said to be mainly harmful to the mental health of teenagers.
Options for parents
The new tool gives parents the opportunity to see how much time their child spends on Instagram. They can also see who is following their child and whether they report an account to the moderation team. In the future, it should be possible for parents to set limits on Instagram usage.
Parents won’t even need an Instagram or Facebook account for this. However, the children currently still have to invite their parents to enable parental control. The parent should be able to initiate this themselves in June. However, the child must still give permission for this. In addition, they can see what their parents can see.
Earlier, Instagram already introduced some safety measures for children on the platform. For example, Meta’s head of youth welfare, Vaishnavi J, points out new defaults in an interview with Bloomberg. Teens who create an account on Instagram automatically have stricter privacy settings.