Meta launches parental supervision tools on Instagram

FILE PHOTO: The Instagram application displayed on a phone screen
FILE PHOTO: The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen on August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White

March 16, 2022

By Sheila Dang

(Reuters) – Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc will allow parents to track how much time their children spend on Instagram and will soon roll out parental monitoring features on Quest virtual reality headsets, the company said on Wednesday.

The new parental controls are part of Meta’s pledge to keep children safe with its social media apps, after a whistleblower leaked internal documents showing the company knew Instagram was causing body image issues for some teenage girls.

The uproar that resulted from the leaked documents led to Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, testifying before Congress in December, where he was grilled about keeping children safe online.

The Instagram monitoring tools will be available in the United States starting Wednesday and will roll out globally in the coming months, Meta said.

Parents can see which accounts their kids are following and set time limits on how long their kids use the app.

In May, Meta will launch a dashboard that includes monitoring tools for its Quest headsets and will automatically block teens from downloading age-inappropriate apps on Quest.

Parental supervision on both Instagram and Quest requires teens’ consent, Meta said in a blog post

The company added that it will eventually allow parents to monitor their children’s activities across all of Meta’s services from one central location.

(Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Meta launches parental supervision tools on Instagram

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