LONDON – Instagram has rolled out powerful new parental controls to users in Europe, giving UK parents the ability to better limit and monitor their kids’ usage of the popular social media app.
Parents across the UK and Europe can now set daily screen time limits for their kids on Instagram thanks to new parental controls.
The controls, which were initially introduced in the US, enable you to set daily time limits between 15 minutes and 2 hours on Instagram usage for your children.
If they try to use the app after the time limit has passed, they will only be able to see a black screen.
As well as this, there is a new ‘nudge’ feature which encourages teens to look at other content if they’ve been scrolling the same subjects or searching the same terms too often.
Parents will also be able to see any accounts that their children report, and why they did so, to help encourage family conversations about confusing or upsetting topics.
The new features come amid increasing criticism of Instagram’s lack of child safety features, with its algorithm potentially exposing young people to harmful or age-inappropriate content.