Instagram Drafts Guide to Help Parents Monitor Teenage Kids’ Usage
Instagram has built ‘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.
“We’ve included the basics of our app and description of our tools, plus a discussion guide for how parents and guardians can have an open conversation with their teens about Instagram,” Marne Levine, Chief Operating Officer, Instagram wrote in a blog post late on Thursday.
As part of the guide, 10 questions have been designed to help parents learn more about how teenagers are using Instagram and to ensure that the app is being used in a positive way like discussing whether they want to keep their accounts public or private. These include questions such as ‘Do you know your followers?’, ‘What would you do if you saw someone being bullied on Instagram?’, and ‘How do you feel about the amount of time you spend online?’, among others.
The photo-messaging app has also developed a video guide that “gathered a group of parents who work at Instagram to talk about the tools they use to foster positive online experiences for their teens.”
For its 1 billion users, Instagram also offers other tools like comment controls, the ability to report unwanted interactions and most recently, a suite of features to help users manage time on the app.
“We’re committed to being here every step of the way to make sure parents and their teens have the tools they need to make the choices that are right for them,” Levine added.