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FOR PARENTS

Helping your teen navigate Instagram safely

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TIPS FOR PARENTS

Our tools can help create healthy digital habits and account privacy.

Your teen's account can be set to private, meaning their content will only be seen by approved followers. They can also block and report abusive accounts. We also make it more difficult for adults who have been exhibiting potentially suspicious behavior to interact with teens, by restricting these adults from seeing teen accounts in 'Suggested Users' and preventing them from discovering teen content in Reels or Explore.

Help your teen avoid unwanted interactions by using "Comment Controls". Our reporting and blocking tools also allow them to manage who can comment on their posts. We also make it more difficult for adults who have been exhibiting potentially suspicious behavior to interact with teens, by automatically hiding their comments on public posts by teens.

Your family can help your teen manage their time on Instagram by using features in the Activity Dashboard, such as daily reminders and mute push notifications.

We restrict DMs between teens and adults they don’t follow. When an adult tries to message a teen who doesn’t follow them, they receive a notification that DM’ing that teen isn’t an option. For adults and teens who are already connected (ie., one account follows the other) we send safety notices encouraging teens to be cautious in conversations with adults who have exhibited potentially suspicious behavior.

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