CALIFORNIA – Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta Platforms Inc is launching a parental control tool on Instagram, which allows parents to track how much time their children spend on Instagram.
The launch of this parental control tool is part of Meta’s promise to protect children who use its social media platform, following reports of leaked internal documents showing the company is aware Instagram is causing body image problems for some teenage girls.
As a result of this data leak that caused this furore, Instagram head Adam Mosseri testified before Congress last December, and was asked questions about children’s safety online.
The Instagram surveillance tool will be available in the United States from Wednesday (16/3/2022), while a global rollout will take place in the coming months. Later, parents can see what their kids are following and can set a time limit on how long their kids use and spend time browsing Instagram.
In May last year, Meta would launch a surveillance tool for its Quest headsets and would automatically block teens from downloading their age-appropriate apps on Quest.
In its blog post, Meta said parental supervision on Instagram and Quest would require consent from their children using these platforms.
Meta adds, a plan to allow parents to monitor their children’s activity across all Meta services from one centralized place.