Instagram announces new tools and resources in Singapore to help keep young people safe and support their wellbeing online.
The Supervision Tools allow parents and guardians to:
Manage time spent on Instagram
Parents and guardians can set screen time limits and schedule breaks for their teen during the day or week
Keep track of connections on Instagram
Parents and guardians can be notified on new accounts that young people in their family are following – as well as the accounts that follow them back.
Get notified of reports
Young people can choose to notify their parent or guardian if they make a report on Instagram, so they can discuss what happened together
On Instagram, parents and guardians can send invitations to young people in their family to initiate Supervision tools, and vice-versa.
Instagram also launches Family Center – a hub where parents and guardians can access resources, including supervision, to help young people build positive online habits.
Through the Family Center, parents and guardians can now initiate a supervision experience for the Instagram accounts of young people in their family. Over time, the Family Center will become a hub to help parents, guardians and young people manage experiences across all Meta technologies.
The Family Center is accessed via the Instagram app and includes articles, videos and tips on a range of topics to help parents and guardians start a conversation with teens about social media. It also includes video tutorials on how to set up and use the new Supervision Tools.
Consulting with Experts on the Approach
The Family Center and Parental Supervision tools were launched after extensive consultation with experts, parents, guardians and young people from around the world.
Ahead of the launch, Instagram convened roundtables with experts from government, academic and non-profit organizations in Asia Pacific including a standalone session in Singapore, as well as sessions involving representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Discussion at these roundtables focused on three core areas:
- How to empower teens to make healthy decisions for self supervision
- How to build trusted networks of support
- How to support families to create boundaries for safe use together
Learn how to set-up the Supervision Tools here.