Instagram has launched a number of new parental control features to control how teens use the app.
From Wednesday, Australian parents and guardians will be able to set time limits for their child on Instagram, see who they are watching and who is following them, and receive notifications when they compile a report.
Parents or children (minimum age 13) can send an invitation to initiate monitoring tools, but both parties must accept it for activation.
Technology conglomerate Meta has introduced new measures in its app to help families create positive online habits.
Under the new features, parents can see the average daily time of their teen spent on Instagram, and set the following restrictions to limit app usage.
These screen time limits can range from 15 minutes to two hours, while breaks can also be scheduled.
Parents can also be notified when their child reports an account or content, and the teen can leave a note explaining why they made the report.
These monitoring tools are available through the new Family Center feature.
Meta ANZ Policy Director Mia Garlik said the company has acknowledged that it is responsible for protecting the safety of young people.
“We are aware of our responsibility to protect the safety of people who use Meta services, especially the safety of young people. Their safety is paramount to us, and we want them to have fun and be safe, and we want to support their parents to help them with that, ”she said.
“Our goal for these resources is to find the right balance for young people’s desire for independence when using Instagram, and to provide control in a way that maintains conversations between parents and young people when it’s helpful.”
These changes were introduced in the US back in March, but now Meta is distributing them in Australia as well as the UK, Japan, Canada, Germany and France.
A study by ReachOut, the Australian online mental health service for young people and their families, found that 36 per cent of parents are unsure of the role they can play in ensuring the safety of their teens on social media.
Data released last June also showed that 30% of parents felt moderate or extreme concern about their teens’ use of social media, and 40% said they needed more support to understand social media to talk to their teens. child about it.
Parental control functions are accompanied by an educational center in the Family Center, which has online resources and information to help parents.
It has been developed in collaboration with organizations such as ReachOut, as well as Project Rockit, Orygen Youth Health and Butterfly.
Meta plans to introduce additional tools and controls in the Family Center in the next few months.