Instagram has created ‘A Parent’s Guide’, which it calls a new resource focusing on privacy, interactions and time management for parents who have teenage children using the platform.
With most teenagers spending every waking moment on their smartphones, parents are becoming increasingly worried about what they’re doing online. And with Instagram being extremely popular with teenagers, Instagram is attempting to calm parents’ fears.
Instagram’s A Parents Guide
is “designed to help parents and guardians learn more about how teens are using Instagram and to ensure they’re using the app in a positive way.” To that end, Instagram has focused on how to manage privacy, comments, and time.
details how teenagers can choose to make their account public or private, and what having a private Instagram account means. It also details how to block unwanted interactions, which stops people from seeing their posts.
Manage Comments details the “Comment controls” section of the app. It also details how teens can block comments, report comments and/or accounts that violate Instagram’s policies, and filter out comments containing certain words and phrases.
Manage Time details how teenagers (or their parents) can monitor and manage their time spent on Instagram. Instagram now lets you set daily reminders and mute push notifications All of which should help prevent social media addiction.
Stop, Collaborate, and Instagram
Instagram has crafted A Parent’s Guide in collaboration with organizations including the National PTA, Scholastic, ConnectSafely, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the National Bullying Prevention Center. Which adds a touch of authority to the document.
If you are a parent worried about your child’s online activities, we have previously listed some fantastic apps for parents living through the digital age. However, in the end, we may just have to accept that parents and teenagers have different internets.