Meta launched new Instagram tools and resources in the Philippines to help keep young people safe and support their well-being online.
The Family Center is a hub where parents and guardians can access materials and resources to help young people build positive online habits. Through the Family Center, parents and guardians can now set up new tools to oversee the Instagram accounts of young people in their families. The tools are available in English and Filipino.
Over time, the Family Center will become a key resource to help parents, guardians, and young people manage experiences across all Meta technologies.
The Family Center is accessed via the Instagram app and includes articles, videos, and tips on a range of topics to help parents and guardians start a conversation with teens about social media. It also includes video tutorials on how to set up and use the new Supervision Tools.
The Supervision Tools allow parents and guardians to:
- Manage time spent on Instagram
- Parents and guardians can set screen time limits and schedule breaks for their teen during the day or week
- Keep track of new connections on Instagram
- Parents and guardians can be notified on new accounts that young people in their family are following—as well as the accounts that follow them back
- Get notified of reports
- Young people can choose to notify their parent or guardian if they make a report on Instagram, so they can discuss what happened together
Parents and guardians can send invitations on Instagram to young people in their family to initiate Supervision tools, and vice-versa.
“Our intention is for these tools and resources to strike the right balance between young people’s desire for autonomy online, while allowing for some involvement from parents and caregivers to help ensure their teen is having a safe experience online,” said Clare Amador, head of Philippine Public Policy at Meta. “We are grateful for the inputs of safety experts, our partners, parents, and young people whose feedback has been instrumental in helping us design all of our age-appropriate experiences. Keeping young people safe online is one of our most important responsibilities, and we remain committed to continuing our investment in new tools, products and resources.”