Meta has introduced parental control in Instagram which will allow parental supervision features on Quest virtual reality headsets.
Initially, the feature will be available in the US and will be rolled globally in the coming months. There are three tools available that will let parents monitor the time their children spend on the app and set limits. Parents can have vigilance on who their children follow and who follows them. Children can report their parents of unsuitable behaviour by notifying them.
The company looks at making the tools available on its other platforms like Facebook.
The new addition of the features is tuned to Meta’s commitment to shield children using its apps, which came apropos a whistleblower leaked internal documents which showed that the company was in the know of how the app caused body image issues for some teenagers.
Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, in a blogpost, referred to the new controls as “the first step in a longer-term journey to develop intuitive supervision tools, informed by experts, teens and parents.”
Meta will roll out a dashboard, in May, that will consist of supervision tools for the Quest headsets and will block teens from downloading apps that “aren’t age-appropriate”.