New control function: Instagram receives parental supervision | free press

How much time does my child spend on Instagram? And what content and contacts do you actually follow there? With the new functionality, parents should be able to monitor their children’s usage behavior.


Parents should get a better overview of their kids’ Instagram activities. To that end, the meta company will introduce new parental supervision tools starting at the end of June. An area is created in the app to allow parents to have more control over the accounts of their children (aged 13 or over).

However, parents depend on their children’s cooperation, because: the children have to “invite” them via the app to manage the child’s account. Which means: Parents must also have an Instagram account. Parents can also request supervision of the teen’s account themselves – and hopefully, approval.

Here’s how parental supervision works on Instagram

Parents learn about large parts of their children’s activities on social media. For example, with parental supervision, you can:

  • Set time limits and rest times
  • Audits and reported content
  • Get an overview of your kids’ followers – which includes weekly notifications when a new contact joins.

However, both sides must agree to parental supervision, just as the job can be terminated by either side at any time. Then the other person receives a notification. The job also ends automatically when you turn 18, according to Instagram.

Boundaries: Parents can’t see everything

But functionality has limits, too. Parents cannot read private messages or delete children’s accounts. Your birth search history also remains hidden. If it’s a private account, they won’t be able to track any posted content either.

In addition, there is a so-called Media Efficiency Center as an innovation on Instagram. This is a platform for parents. Its purpose is to provide suggestions for conversations with your children about social media. The page can be opened from within the application in the parental supervision area, as well as externally without an account. With the start of the job in Germany, it must also be available in German. (dpa)

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