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Instagram wants to offer parents more tools to monitor their children’s accounts

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Instagram on Tuesday announced the addition of new features to its parental control tool to allow parents or legal representatives to more directly supervise the activities of their minor children.

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Parents and guardians will now have the ability to send invitations to young teens offering to monitor their account. They will have to accept the request to activate the tool.

Until now, only children had the option to initiate parental control, an option available in the United States since March.

“For us it is essential to develop tools that respect the right to privacy and autonomy of young people while involving parents in the experience”, Clotilde Briend, program manager for ‘Public Affairs of Meta (the parent company of Facebook and Instagram) in France .

With the new device, parents will be able to limit screen time by setting daily app usage limits (from 15 minutes to 2 hours) or by scheduling breaks.

Young people will also be able to report to their parents or legal representatives if they encounter content that does not comply with Instagram rules (incitement to hatred or violence, nudity, etc.).

Parents and guardians will finally have access to their children’s Instagram contact list, be it their followers or the people they follow.

These features will be available by the end of June in France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Japan, Canada and Australia, as well as the US before rolling out to the rest of the world later this year.

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A family information center with expert advice and oversight resources will also be accessible from Instagram. A first version of this platform was launched in March for American users.

Parental control tools will also be implemented for Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets developed by Meta.

Instagram is often accused by US elected officials and child protection organizations of having detrimental effects on its younger users.

In the fall of 2021 Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, leaked internal documents showing that the leaders of the platform were aware of some risks for minors, in particular for the mental health of some young girls struggling with the myth. of the ideal female body.

Instagram has since tried to commit to the protection of teenagers, as well as other platforms that are popular with young audiences.

TikTok announced new features last week aimed at limiting screen time for its underage users.

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