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.
Feb 22, 2021
Clipper Card — the universal transit fare card for all 24 San Francisco Bay Area transit agencies — will be supported in Apple Pay and Google Pay digital wallets "this spring". Residents and visitors will be able to add a stored-value Clipper card to their digital wallet and tap their phones to ride transit, replacing a physical Clipper card.
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.
Feb 4, 2020
Facebook today launched a major update to Messenger Kids, its messaging app designed for kids 13 and under. While the original app simply gave parents control over who their kids could chat with, the new Parent Dashboard lets parents monitor everything except the text of messages themselves.
Jun 25, 2018
T-Mobile today rolled out FamilyMode, a new service that gives parents more control over how their kids use smartphones and other connected devices. The service has two components, the FamilyMode app and the FamilyMode Home Base, an in-home box that connects to WiFi.
Mar 2, 2020
A new phone available in Japan uses onboard AI to detect nudity, and prevent users from taking or saving photos with nudity. The Tone e20 is an affordable Android phone aimed at parents who want to protect their children from "being deceived or threatened to photograph their own nudity, etc."