Since its creation in 2010, Instagram has been a popular app for sharing photos and videos with friends. With over 1 billion active users, it’s no surprise that parents have been eager for parental controls to be added to the app. In June of 2019, those parental controls were finally released.
The delay in adding parental controls was likely due to the fact that Instagram is owned by Facebook. Facebook has had a long history of privacy issues, which has led to many calls for parental controls to be added to its apps. In fact, in 2018, Facebook was fined $5 billion by the FTC for violating user privacy.
While the release of parental controls may not have been as swift as some parents would have liked, it is still a step in the right direction.
Meta Platforms Inc, the company that owns Facebook, announced Wednesday that parents will be able to track how long their children spend on Instagram. Quest virtual reality headsets will soon offer parental supervision capabilities.
Meta has added parental controls to its pledge to protect children who use its social media apps. This is after an internal whistleblower revealed that Meta knew Instagram was causing issues with body image for some teenage girls. In December, Adam Mosseri (Insta’s CEO) testified before Congress to answer questions about online safety for children.
Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app, is finally getting parental control. The feature has been long-awaited by parents and safety advocates who have been concerned about the app’s lack of age restrictions and its popularity among young users.
The new controls will allow parents to limit who can see their children’s posts and to set time limits on how long their children can use the app. The controls will also allow parents to approve or reject followers’ requests for their children.
The new features will be available in the coming weeks, according to Instagram. “We want Instagram to be a safe place for everyone and are working hard to make sure that our products continue to live up to this goal,” said an Instagram spokesperson in a statement.
According to Meta, the Instagram supervision tools will be available in the United States starting Wednesday. A global rollout is planned for the next few months. Meta will allow parents to view the accounts of their children and set time limits on how long they can spend on the app. Meta will also launch a new portal called “Family Center”, which connects all its products, including Instagram. It will provide parental supervision tools as well as educational content.
The video will show how to use the tools and give parents advice on how to talk with their children about the internet. Meta will launch a dashboard for Quest headsets in May that includes parental controls. It will prevent minors from downloading inappropriate apps.
Meta posted in a blog that parental supervision of Quest and Instagram will be subject to teen consent. Meta also stated in a blog post that it plans to let parents manage their children’s activities from one location, across all Meta’s services in the future.