New control function: Instagram receives parental supervision | free press

How much time does my child spend on Instagram? And what content and contacts does it actually follow there? With a new feature, parents need to be able to monitor their children’s use behaviors.


Parents should get a better overview of their children’s Instagram activities. To this end, the meta-company will offer new parental supervision tools from the end of June. An area is being created in the app to allow parents to have more control over their children’s accounts (aged 13 and over).

However, parents are dependent on their children’s cooperation because: The offspring must “invite” them via the app to manage the child account. Which means: parents need to have an Instagram account too. Parents can also request supervision of a teenage account themselves – and hope for approval.

This is how parental supervision works on Instagram

Parents gain insight into much of their children’s activities on social media. For example, with parental supervision you can:

  • Set time limits and set pause times
  • Review reported content and accounts
  • Get an overview of the kids’ followers – which includes weekly notifications when a new contact joins.

However, both sides must accept parental supervision, just as the function can be terminated by both sides at any time. The other person then receives a notification. The feature also ends automatically when you turn 18, according to Instagram.

Boundaries: Parents cannot see everything

But the function also has limits. Parents can neither read private messages nor delete children’s accounts. The offspring’s search history also remains hidden. If it’s a private account, they’ll also not be able to track any posted content.

In addition, there is the so-called media competence hub as an innovation on Instagram. This is a platform for parents. It is intended to provide suggestions for conversations with your children about social media. The page can be opened from within the app in the parental control area, as well as externally without an account. With the start of the feature in Germany, it should also be available in German. (dpa)

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