New tools and resources for parents and teens in virtual reality and on Instagram

Parental supervision tools and resources for Quest

We are starting to deploy parental supervision tools for all Quest headsets. In the Parent Dashboard, parents and guardians can:

  • Approve their teen’s download or purchase of an app that’s blocked by default based on their IARC rating.
    • Teens 13 and older can submit an “Ask to Buy” request, which triggers a notification to their parent.
    • The parent can then approve or deny the request from the Oculus mobile app.
  • Block specific apps that may be inappropriate for their teen, which will prevent the teen from launching those apps. Applications that can be blocked include applications such as web browsers and applications available from the Quest Store.
  • See all the apps their teen has.
  • Receive “purchase notifications”, alerting them when their teen makes a purchase in VR.
  • View headset screen time from the Oculus mobile app, so they know how much time their teen is spending in VR.
  • Check out their teen’s Oculus friends list.
  • To block Link and Air link to prevent their teen from accessing their PC content on their Quest headset.

For parents to link to their teen’s account, the teen must initiate the process, and both parent and teen must agree.

We are also launching our new Parent Education Centerincluding a guide to our ConnectSafely VR parental supervision tools to help parents discuss virtual reality with their teenagers.

This is just a starting point, informed by careful collaboration with industry experts, and we will continue to develop and evolve our parental supervision tools over time.

Expanding Parental Monitoring Features on Instagram

On Instagram, parents and guardians can now:

  • Send invitations to their teenagers to initiate supervision tools. Initially, only teenagers could send invitations.
  • Set specific times of the day or week when they would like to limit their teen’s use of Instagram.
  • See more information when their teen reports an account or post, including who was reported and what type of report.

If you have already set up supervision on Instagram in the United States, these updates are now available in addition to our other monitoring tools. Starting this month, these tools will start rolling out to other countries, including the UK, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Canada, France and Germany, with plans worldwide deployment before the end of the year. Visit our Family center to learn more.

Support teen time on Instagram

On Instagram, teens will start seeing new nudges. Teens in some countries will see a notification encouraging them to move on if they repeatedly view the same type of content on Explore. This nudge is designed to encourage teens to discover somesomething new onend excludes certain topics that may be associated with appearance comparison.

We designed this new feature because research suggests that nudges can be effective in helping people, especially teenagers, be more aware of how they use social media right now. In an exterior study On the effects of nudges on social media usage, 58.2% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that nudges improved their social media experience by helping them become more aware of their time spent on the platform. Our own research shows they work, too: Over a week-long testing period, one in five teens who saw our new nudges moved on to a different topic.

Simulated product of boosts to teenagers on Instagram

We launched our “Pause” feature to remind people to stay away from Instagram. Soon, we’ll be rolling out new reminders for teens to turn on Pause when they’ve been scrolling through Reels for a while. The encores will feature reels developed by young creators like @foodwithsoy, @abraxaxs and @mayasideas who share their own tips for taking a break and why it’s a good idea to take a break from social media. These are currently being tested in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and will launch in these and other countries later this summer.

Through funding and education, we’re also empowering young US-based creators to share more content on Instagram that inspires teens and promotes their well-being. A steering committee of experts in child psychology and digital literacy will provide advice on evidence-based ways for the creators of the program to use language that reinforces emotional well-being and self-image, how to create a responsible content online and how creators can look after themselves and their communities online and offline.

Mock product of Take a Break on Instagram

Resources backed by experts

We add new items at Family Center education center of organizations like ParentZone, Media Smarts, National Association for Media Literacy Education and Cyberbullying Research Center. These articles give parents useful tips on how to talk to teenagers about different topics online such as connect securely with others and how to be more self-aware online. We will continue to work with experts and organizations to make even more resources available to parents and guardians. We are also adding a new privacy with more information for teens about privacy settings, defaults and features of Quest, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.

How we create safe experiences and products for teens

To create products and experiences that help keep young people safe, we work directly with teens, parents and experts. Over the past few years, we have incorporated best practices from the United Nations (UN), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and child rights groups.

Today, we’re sharing more details about an internal process we’ve created to help us apply the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the development of our products. The Convention emphasizes that “the best interests of the child” must guide the creation of services, products and experiences for young people. Our process guides our teams on how to apply this standard when developing digital experiences for under-18s using our technologies. Learn more about our Work on the best interests of the childand how it informs the experiences we create for young people.

“It’s really encouraging to know that Meta has listened to young people and their parents and created tools that encourage timely conversations. At Parent Zone, we know how difficult it can be for parents to feel left out of their children’s digital world. With these new tools, we’re seeing a move towards greater partnership between families and platforms and it’s an incredibly positive step. – Vicki Shotbolt, founder and CEO of Parent Zone

“With VR technologies growing in popularity and the Quest becoming a favorite product of many young people, parents and guardians will now have access to a suite of tools to protect and stay engaged in the participation and experiences of We are pleased that Meta continues to seek data-driven insights from academics and practitioners in various social science fields to create solutions that aim to equip young people, families, and educators with the tools and resources they need to safely enjoy exploring and interacting on their favorite platforms. Dr Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center

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