INSTAGRAM INTRODUCES new parental monitoring tools for teen accounts in Ireland, which will allow parents to monitor their profile, set daily usage limits and see who they follow and who follows them.
First launched in the US in March, parent company Meta said today that the tools are now expanding to Ireland, the UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, France and Germany.
With the new features, parents will be able to send their teen an invitation to start monitoring their account, and once accepted, the parent will be able to set daily limits on how long their teen can spend on the app and schedule breaks for specific times.
The tools also allow parents to see who their child is following and by whom, and get information when the teen reports an account or post on the platform.
Teens can also invite a parent to monitor their account.
In addition, parents will be able to see a dashboard that shows their children’s daily habits on the platform. It will allow them to set specific times during the day or week that they would like to limit their teens’ Instagram usage.
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Parental supervision features automatically end when the child turns 18, Instagram confirmed.
The launch will coincide with a new “nudges” feature being tested in the UK and Ireland, which will see a notification encouraging them to switch to a different theme on the platform if they repeatedly watch the same type of content in the app. Explore tab.
Instagram said it designed this feature because research has suggested “nudges can be effective in helping people, especially teens, become more aware of how they’re using social media right now.”