The company Meta recently announced new features for its popular social network Instagram through the Family Center tool. The news focuses mainly on the supervision of children by their parents and other legal guardians. The company also announced parental supervision mechanisms for the Quest VR headsets.
Instagram’s new parental control mechanisms are part of a commitment by Meta to protect children who use its social media apps. The pledge was signed after Frances Haugen, who declared that the network was known to be toxic to children and adolescents.
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One of the main goals of these tools, based on expert guidance, teens and parents, is to allow educators and tutors to help teens manage their experiences with Meta technologies, all in one place.
The new parental control tools were made available in the US this week and will roll out globally in the coming months. The tools will allow parents to see who their kids are following, as well as set the time limit kids spend on the app.
In May, Meta is also expected to release parental supervision tools for the Quest augmented reality headsets, which will automatically block age-inappropriate apps from downloading by teens within the headset’s app store.
According to Meta, parental controls on Instagram will need consent from teens in order to be enabled on accounts. In addition, the company is also considering allowing parental supervision for other company products from a hub.
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