Instagram is finally launching the much-awaited parental controls in the US today. Adam Mosseri, the site’s head, introduced them as the company’s “first set” of parental supervision tools, which will allow parents and guardians to view and set limits on the amount of time their children are spending on Instagram. In this Instagram parental control, parents will also receive updates regarding the accounts their teens are following and being followed by and receive notifications when they report another user.
Social media sites are baits for children, especially teenagers. The instagram parental control is being introduced after the Meta-owned social site was in the line of fire due to its impact on young users. Frances Haugen leaked internal research from the Meta company that revealed the company was aware of Instagram’s negative impact on teenagers. Shortly after that, Mosseri promised the release of its parental control tools. Mosseri claims that they have “worked closely with experts, parents, guardians, and teens to develop Family Center, a new place for parents to oversee their teens’ accounts within Meta technologies, set up and use supervision tools, and access resources on how to communicate with their teens about internet use.” Eventually, Family Center will offer a one-stop-shop to access supervision tools across all of Meta’s products.
Instagram further states that teens themselves will need to initiate the supervision feature for now, but in June, this feature will be available for parents and guardians to start the process. You should also keep an eye out for additional features that will allow you to set specific times when your kid can use Instagram. Although Instagram’s supervision tools are available in the US currently, Mosseri says they will be launching globally soon.