Every parent’s worst social media nightmare is their child being bullied online, or tracked down by an adult with criminal intent. Instagram has announced a set of tools that will give parents greater involvement in their teen’s social media experience.

These tools, packaged within a central location called the Family Center, will help parents monitor their teen’s activity on the app. Here’s what you need to know.

Instagram’s New Supervision Tools

According to a Meta blog post, Instagram’s Family Center gives parents a degree of control over their teen’s accounts. However, it is not automatic. To gain access to your teen’s account, your teen must set up supervision on their account, and then invite you to supervise them.

This will change in June 2022, however, when parents can initiate a supervision request, which still must be approved by the teen.

It is important to note that your teen is supervised only with their consent. Instagram will not give you access to your teen’s account without their approval. Your teen can end supervision at any time, and supervision automatically stops when your teen turns 18.

What are the parental controls?

Parents can see how much time their teen spends on Instagram and set limits on how much time their teen spends on the app. Parents can also see who their teen follows and who follows their teen.

Since your teen sees what you see, parents and teens will at least be on the same page as far as this information is concerned.

In addition, Instagram will now notify you if your teen reports anything that violates the Community Guidelines to Instagram. However, it is not automatic; Your teen has to enable it.

Currently, Instagram recognizes 11 reporting categories. Most notable include suicide or self-injury, bullying or harassment, and nudity or sexual activity.

The Family Center also houses the Education Hub and Safety Center. The Education Hub covers a variety of topics such as mental health and digital literacy, while the Safety Center provides tools and information for everything related to online safety, such as privacy checks.

More consent, less conflict

These tools appear to be designed to encourage consensus between parents and adolescents. Since your teen sees what you see, parents and teens will at least be on the same page as far as data is concerned.

Thus, whenever there is an issue that needs to be addressed, arguments should be kept to a minimum.

Meta plans to gradually add parental supervision tools to VR headsets starting in April 2022.

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