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Instagram will let parents follow their teen’s app – and keep track of what they’re up to

INSTAGRAM plans to roll out a new feature in March 2022 that will allow parents to peek into their kids’ Instagram activity.

The announcement was made by the head of the service, Adam Mosseri, in a Instagram blog post early December 7.

Instagram plans to release new parental control features in early 2022

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Instagram plans to release new parental control features in early 2022Credit: Alamy

The new feature will notify parents and guardians of how much time their teens are spending on Instagram.

They will also be able to set time limits to control their children’s social media use, which studies have shown can be very beneficial for mental health.

Furthermore, parents will also be able to receive notifications whenever their child reports someone on the popular platform.

Mosseri wrote in the blog post that the company is committed to keeping today’s young people safe when using the app.

He added that Instagram “will continue to research, consult with experts and test new concepts to better serve youth”.

Mosseri stated in the post that the new changes have been active for a while.

In addition to the new parental control features, Instagram also plans to introduce a new education hub for both parents and guardians, including “additional resources, product guides, and tips from Experts.”

This new announcement is made under the name Instagram, a subsidiary of Meta, is currently facing serious public scrutiny after internal documents were leaked by Frances Haugen.

Haugen, who used to work for Facebook before changing its name to Meta, released the documents earlier this year.

The documents specifically shed light on how Instagram has perceived its harmful effects on the teenage female demographic – particularly those related to body image.

Haugen spoke publicly about the matter in October, when she testified before the US Senate Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security.

“It’s like tobacco,” Haugen said during the hearing. “Adolescents don’t have good self-regulation. They clearly say, ‘I feel bad using Instagram, but I can’t stop.’ ”

Mosseri is testifying before Congress this weekend and is expected to discuss Instagram’s impact on the mental health of children and young people.

In addition to the Instagram investigation, Meta is facing an FTC antitrust lawsuit related to its frequent purchases of smaller competitors.

Whistleblower Frances Haugen talks about her experience working at Facebook

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