Instagram will launch its family section in Germany at the end of June. This will be a central location that will provide parents and guardians with opportunities to supervise their children between the ages of 13 and 18 when using Instagram. It also includes a media literacy hub and a range of parental supervision tools.
For example, parents can use the tools to control how long their children can use the app each day. You will be informed about new followers in a weekly report. Parental supervision can be initiated by both the parents and the teens themselves directly in the Instagram app and terminated at any time.
Parents can set daily time limits or breaks. During this time, the teenager no longer has access to Instagram that day. Offers z. B. for periods in which homework should be done. Teens can choose to notify their guardians directly within the app when reporting an account for violating the Instagram Community Guidelines. Parents learn in a weekly report when the teenager follows new accounts or new followers are added.
Overall, both teenagers and parents have the same view of the family space. So the teens can see what the parent can see so everyone is on the same page. The family area can be found via the Instagram settings and can be set up there.
Teens can invite a parent or guardian to oversee their Instagram accounts. But parents can also request supervision. Personally, I think it’s a good thing that Instagram solves this because since no information is hidden from teenagers, the process is very transparent for both sides.
Parents and young people see how much time is spent on Instagram. You can then set a daily time limit per device. When that’s almost reached, Instagram notifies the teen that it’s time to close the app. The teenager can only use the app again as soon as the set time limit allows it. Let’s see how these options are accepted: Instagram doesn’t exactly have the best image at the moment when it comes to young people.
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