Instagram will give parents more control over their kids’ accounts with new security features

Instagram is rolling out new safety controls for teens that can let parents know if their teenage child is facing bullying or harassment. The new measures allow a parent to receive information when a teen reports another account on Instagram.

The new controls also now allow parents to initiate a supervisory relationship with their teen’s use of Instagram, facilitating features like screen time limits, a look at who the teen’s followers are, and other usage habits.

The new controls only apply to children over the age of 13 as the company’s Instagram Kids service remains “paused,” company executives say. Parental controls also do not apply to activities such as direct messages within the app, which are considered private activities for teenagers.

According to the latest CyberSafeKids research, over 80 per cent of Irish children between the ages of 8 and 12 have an online social media or social messaging account.

Meanwhile, Instagram mom Meta is rolling out additional parental oversight controls for its virtual reality quest system, where parents can review a teen’s friends list, view time spent in the VR app, and download or purchase Approve or reject an app by your teenager is blocked for reasons of age. Under the new system, teenagers over the age of 13 can submit a purchase request that notifies a parent. Parents can also block specific apps, including web browsers, that are deemed inappropriate. However, in order for a parent or guardian to link to the teen’s account, the teen must initiate the process.

Instagram is also introducing a system of “nudges” for teens, encouraging them to switch to a different topic if they’re repeatedly watching the same type of content. The social networking giant says teens aren’t being “nudged” to explore topics “related to appearance comparisons.”

“We developed this new feature because research suggests nudges can be effective in helping people — especially teenagers — be more aware of how they’re using social media in the moment,” the company said in a blog post today .

“In a study of the impact of nudges on social media use, 58.2 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that nudges improved their social media experience by helping them be more mindful of their time on the web to deal with the platform.”

Instagram is also rolling out new reminders for teens to activate the Take a Break feature when they’ve been scrolling Reels for a while. Instagram will give parents more control over their kids’ accounts with new security features

Fry Electronics Team

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