Instagram has rolled out a new set of tools which will empower the parents to keep their children safe online. Already introduced in the US, the Meta-owned platform is now bringing the Parental Supervision tools to India. The tools will enable the parents to keep a check on the involvement of their children on Instagram. Along with this, the social networking platform is also introducing Family Center, a new place for parents and guardians to access supervision tools and resources from experts.
Parent Supervision Tools The Supervision tools on Instagram are available starting today (September 15, 2022). The tools will allow the parents and guardians to:
- Manage the time spent on Instagram - The tool will enable the users to manage their time on Instagram by setting screen time limits and scheduling breaks during the day and week.
- View what accounts the children follow and who follow their account - Allows you to stay up to date with who your young person connects with on Instagram
- Notified when your kids report some account -Young people can choose to notify you if they make a report on Instagram, so you can discuss what happened together.
Meta has also announced that it will be working with Kidsstoppress.com which is a discovery platform for parenting needs, to engage with parents and spread awareness of the tools. On Instagram, parents and guardians can send invitations to their young people to initiate Supervision Tools. The company has also announced that in the next few months it will roll out additional Supervision Tools and features in the Family Centre.
Family Centre on Instagram Family Center consists of a new education hub where parents and guardians can access resources from experts and review helpful articles, videos and tips on topics like how to talk to young people about social media.
In India, the Center includes resources such as the Parents Guide, the ‘Dealing with Exam Stress’ guide developed in partnership with Fortis Mental Health, an LGBTQ guide on being safe online, developed in partnership with the Queer Muslim Project, the guide to ‘Building Health Digital Habits’ developed in partnership with the Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC) and guides to creating safe spaces and managing your mental health. The Center will be available in English and Hindi.