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Instagram Gets Parental Controls, Quest VR Headsets to Follow

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  • Instagram will roll out new Supervision tools for Parents.
  • Meta will also launch a dashboard to monitor Quest headset access
  • Parents will be able to view what accounts their children follow and can set time limits

Facebook owner Meta will allow parents to track how much time their children are spending on Instagram. It will soon roll out parental supervision features on Quest virtual reality headsets, the company said on Wednesday. The new parental controls are part of Meta’s promise to protect children using its social media apps after a whistleblower leaked internal documents that showed the company was aware that Instagram caused body image problems for some teenage girls.

The new Parental Control center on IG essentially amalgamates the app’s existing parental control tools into a more centralized dashboard, providing more ways to manage your child’s usage of the app.

For now, Instagram says teens themselves will need to initiate the supervision feature from its app on mobile devices. But in June, it’s rolling out the ability for parents and guardians to start the process. Additional features, like being able to set specific times when a teen can use Instagram, are also on the way.

The Instagram supervision tools will be available in the US in the beginning

The Instagram supervision tools will be available in the US beginning Wednesday and will roll out globally over the coming months. Parents will be able to view what accounts their children follow and can set time limits for how long their kids spend on the app.

In May, Meta will launch a dashboard that includes supervision tools for its Quest headsets and will automatically block teens from downloading age-inappropriate apps on Quest.

Parental supervision on both Instagram and Quest will require consent from teens, Meta said in a blog post.

The company added it plans to eventually allow parents to oversee their kids’ activities across all of Meta’s services from one central place.

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