The owner of Facebook will allow parents to monitor how much time their children spend on Instagram and will soon expand parental monitoring features on Quest virtual reality headphones, the company said on Wednesday. The new parental controls are part of Meta’s commitment to protecting children using its social media apps, after an informant leaked internal documents, the company was aware that Instagram was causing body image problems for some teenage girls.
The uproar over the leaked documents led Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, to testify before the Congress in December, where they discussed the safety of children online.
Instagram monitoring tools will be available in the U.S. from Wednesday and will be rolled out worldwide in the coming months, Meta said.
Parents will be able to see what accounts their children are following and set time limits on how long their children spend in the app.
In May, Meta will launch a panel that includes surveillance tools for its Quest headphones, and will automatically block teens from downloading apps that aren’t suitable for Quest’s age.
Parental supervision on Instagram and Quest will require the consent of teenagers, Meta said in a blog post.
The company added that it will eventually allow parents to monitor their children’s activities in all Meta services from a central goal.
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