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Instagram to launch first parental controls following controversy

Added 12-07-21 08:31:01am EST - “Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, posted today about Meta's effort to protect teens and support parents online.” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Instagram to launch first parental controls following controversy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, announced more details about Meta’s effort to protect teens and support parents online. This comes after the “Instagram for kids” controversy and by the fact the US Congress is going to hear him about it this week.

In this blog post, Mosseri said he would like to “clarify some of the work that we’ve been doing for a long time, and also lay out a few new things that we’ve been developing to meaningfully improve the experience on Instagram for teens, parents, and guardians.”

According to the head of Instagram, starting in March, parents and guardians will be able to view how much time their teens spend on the app and set limits. Instagram will also give teens a new option to notify their parents if they report someone.

Another feature being developed is a new educational hub for parents and guardians “that will include additional resources, like product tutorials and tips from experts, to help them discuss social media use with their teens.”

While these features are still coming in a few months from now, Instagram is launching today ‘Take a Break.” With that, teenager users will be prompted to take a break from Instagram whether they are scrolling for a while on the platform. The app will also suggest that they set reminders to take more breaks in the future.

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