Instagram has so far been busy improving the app to make it safer for teenagers to use. The firm already offered several tools such as parental controls and “Take a Break,” which it is now expanding and making available to more users.
On Tuesday, the business revealed that the current parental controls will receive new features, including the ability for parents and guardians to make observation requests to their teenagers. Previously, teens could only use this function to communicate requests to their guardians. Caregivers should be able to set limitations for Instagram surfing and read data about a user or post that their child reports after the app is set up.
Instagram is now launching a feature for teens that will steer them away from specific topics if they spend too much time on Explore viewing the same content. The software will propose content for the kid to switch to, with the suggested content avoiding the pieces of content that teens may find harmful to their minds and bodies.
Promisingly, according to Instagram, research — including its own — indicated that nudges improved users’ browsing experiences and motivated one out of every five teens to switch interests.
In the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, these Take a Break reminders are now being tested. Parental control tools are currently available in the United States, but will soon be available in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Canada, France, and Germany.