Instagram has announced new features it says will help teenagers and parents manage time spent on the app. Now parents will be able to see how much time their children spend on Instagram and set time limits, while teens will get reminders to take a break. Instagram has been under increasing pressure over teens’ use of the platform in recent months.
In hispost, Mr Mosseri announced the launch of the “take-a-break” feature. It will be launched on Tuesday in the UK, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, he said.
“If someone has been scrolling for a certain amount of time, we’ll ask them to take a break from Instagram and suggest that they set reminders to take more breaks in the future,” Mr Mosseri wrote. The feature would also show them tips from experts to “help them reflect and reset”, he said.
Instagram also said it will launch a new tool for parents in March 2022, which will let them see how much time children are spending on Instagram, and set time limits for the app. Another companion feature will allow teens to opt-in to a system that will notify parents if the teenager files a report against an Instagram user. Time limits already exist on Instagram – users can voluntarily set a time limit per day and receive a notification when that limit is hit.