The popular photo-sharing app Instagram by Meta launched parental supervision tools in India on 15th September 2022. This would help parents of teens and tweens to get more involved in their activities and experiences on the platform.
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What is Family Center?
The company has also introduced the Family Center, which is a new space for guardians and parents to access different supervision tools as well as resources in the form of tips, videos, and articles offered by experts. Through them, adults can learn to use the tools, know how to communicate with teens about social media, etc. The official post stated, “We’re working with Yuvaa, a youth media and insights company, to drive awareness about these resources too.”
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Natasha Jog, Head of Public Policy, Instagram, Facebook India, stated, “The safety of our community is of paramount importance to us at Meta. The supervision tools and the Family Center will add to our efforts on keeping young people safe.”
She added, “Our intention is to strike the right balance for young people’s desire for some autonomy when using Instagram, but also allows for supervision in a way that supports conversations between parents and young people when it is helpful. We’re thankful to all our expert partners in this space, who’s insights we continuously draw from, including for our launches today.”
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How will the Supervision Tools Help?
The tools will allow guardians and parents to:
- Manage the total amount of time children are spending on Instagram using setting screen time limits or scheduling breaks.
- See the accounts followed by the young adults and who follows them back
- Get notified when their kids report anybody on Instagram if they chose that setting
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As per the official statement by Meta, “On Instagram, parents and guardians can send invitations to their young people to initiate supervision tools. Over the next few months, we’ll roll out additional supervision tools and features in Family Center. We invite parents and guardians to learn how to set up the supervision tools.”