Instagram has officially rolled out parental controls across the country, in a move to make the platform safer for young children and teens.
According to Instagram head Adam Mosseri, the company’s “first set” of parental supervision tools allows parents and guardians to view and set limits on the amount of time their teens are spending on Instagram, get updates on which accounts they’re following and being followed by, and receive notifications when they report another user.
The new feature is a result of the Meta-owned social network coming under fire for its impact on younger users. 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 (although teens will still need to grant permission). Additional features, like being able to set specific times when a teen can use Instagram, are also on the way.
This week, the company also launched a new Family Center, which the company says will eventually offer a one-stop shop for accessing supervision tools across all of Meta’s products. It features an education hub, which offers advice articles, videos tutorials, and tips on how to talk to teens about social media.
Both features are currently only available in the US, but will roll out globally in the coming months.