Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) will allow parents to track how much time their children are spending on Instagram and will soon roll out parental supervision features on Quest virtual reality headsets.
The new parental controls are part of Meta’s promise to protect children using its social media apps after a whistleblower leaked internal documents that showed the company was aware that Instagram caused body image problems for some teenage girls.
Parents will be able to view what accounts their children follow and can set time limits for how long their kids spend on the app. Meta will launch a dashboard that includes supervision tools for its Quest headsets and will automatically block teens from downloading age-inappropriate apps on Quest.
Parental supervision on both Instagram and Quest will require consent from teens.