In order to give users more control over their feeds and accounts, Instagram, which is owned by Meta, added new security measures and parental controls in the previous year. As of late, the app’s default settings restrict access to mature content for new teen users.
In the most recent update, Instagram users under the age of 16 will automatically be switched to the filtered version of the app unless their parents or guardians modify this setting. Instagram is also piloting a new feature that will give young users greater control over their account’s security and privacy settings.
Instagram stated Thursday in a blog post that it will increase its parental controls for sensitive content. There are only “Standard” and “Less” levels available for teenagers. According to Instagram, new users will automatically be set to “Less,” while existing users will receive a popup asking them to make the change.
Instagram’s newest upgrade additionally filters mature content across the app, protecting younger users from inappropriate posts in Search, Explore, Hashtag Pages, Reels, Feed Recommendations, and Suggested Accounts.
Instagram users over the age of 18 will have access to the “Standard,” “Less,” and “More” settings, the latter of which will allow them to view more mature content or accounts.
In addition, the video-sharing app will prompt users under the age of 18 to evaluate their settings and make any necessary changes to improve security and privacy.
Adolescents could control who can see what they post, who can contact them, and who can spread their stuff by using this feature. Instagram will also display reminders to teens on how they may better control their time spent on the app.
All these new precautions are being taken in an effort to make the social media site secure for children. The Explore page on Instagram now has a sensitivity filter that users may use to minimize their exposure to potentially upsetting material. The age range of its users was eventually tracked in order to restrict access to age-restricted content within the messaging app.
Instagram’s New Teen-Friendly Settings
The “Less” option in Instagram’s Sensitive Content Control will now be enabled by default for users under the age of 16, the company stated in a blog post (via The Verge). Instagram accounts made by minors currently default to “Standard,” which displays mature content.
Instagram claims that this update will make it harder for minors to access “potentially sensitive information” on the platform. Search, Explore, Hashtag Pages, Reels, Feed Recommendations, and Suggested Accounts will all be impacted by the new setting.
Instagram has introduced additional measures aimed at keeping its teen users safe, though. Teens will also be reminded to check their account settings, where they may limit who can re-share their content, who can message them, and how much time they spend on the network overall.
Instagram’s aggressive changes to its suggestion algorithm in response to TikTok have raised concerns among users (especially parents) about the content their children may be exposed to on the platform. Instagram also limits the ways in which teens can communicate with strangers.