Instagram Publishes Helpful Guide for Parents
Instagram hopes its new Parents Guide helps parents manage their kids' use of Instagram. The guide walks parents through three main areas of focus, including privacy, interactions, and time. For example, it will teach parents how to set appropriate privacy safeguards to protect their teens from unwanted interactions. It details comment controls and the ability to report unwanted interactions, as well as manage time spent within the app. Last, the app offers suggestions on how parents can approach their teens and discuss their experiences on Instagram. The company says it worked with educators and social media experts to develop these tools. The guide arrives as more companies are looking to help people manage their experiences with phones. For example, both Apple and Google have introduced tools into their respective mobile operating systems that track usage and offer ways to cut back on screen time. Instagram's Parents Guide is available online.
Oct 1, 2020
New York State has launched COVID Alert NY, its official app enabling the COVID-19 Exposure Notification system developed by Apple and Google. New York is the largest US state to date to launch an app using the system, and joins ten other states that have already launched similar apps: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Apr 25, 2018
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
Nov 15, 2018
AT&T plans to cease offering AT&T Smart Limits, a service that allows parents to control their kids' phones, on November 26. Smart Limits will no longer be available after that date.
May 1, 2018
Instagram today revealed several new features meant to help connect and protect users that it will add over the next few months. First up is video chatting.
Mar 15, 2018
Apple recently published a new web site meant to help families manage their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple accounts. The site offers high-level overviews of all the parental controls available, as well as deep-dive tutorials with step-by-step directions on how to enable each tool.