Instagram announced a bunch of new features aimed at protecting young people on the platform as well as supporting their parents and guardians who will be able to get more involved in their teen kids' Instagram experience.
New Instagram features for parents:
In early 2022, Instagram will launch the first tools for parents to let them be more aware of their children's experience on Instagram. Starting next year, parents and guardians will be able to see how much time their teenage kids spend on Instagram and set time limits.
Teens, in turn, will be able to inform their parents about the users they have reported to discuss it with their parents.
The social media platform will also create an educational hub for guardians and parents that will feature additional resources such as product guides and expert advice to help them discuss social media use with their teen kids.
New Instagram features for teens:
The company is also launching the Take a Break feature, which prompts users to take a break from the social media platform when they scroll through their feed for a long time. So far, this feature is available to users in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
Starting in January, teens will also be able to see and manage their Instagram activity. For example, they will be able to see posts they have liked or commented on and remove their likes or comments. The same applies to their old posts.
In addition, the company will prevent users from tagging or mentioning teens who don't follow them. Instagram also promises to take a stricter approach to what they recommend to teens on the app.
Another feature will suggest different topics if a teen dwells on one topic for a long time.