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FOR PARENTS

Helping your teen navigate Instagram safely

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YOUR GUIDE TO INSTAGRAM

Our Parent's Guide and Family Center include helpful resources for you and your teen.

Safety Features

Discover features that can help your teen explore our app safely.

Conversation Starters

Questions to ask your teen to ensure they’re having a positive experience on Instagram.

Glossary of Instagram Terms

Get to know our features and settings in order to better navigate Instagram with your teen.

Family Center

Family Center helps you to support your teen’s Instagram experience. On Family Center, you can set time limits, see who your teen follows and who follows them, and be notified when your teen shares that they’ve reported something.

TIPS FOR PARENTS

Our tools and resources can help build a positive and safe online experience for your family.

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 encouraging them to use "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.

Help your teen manage their time on Instagram by using features in the Activity Dashboard, such as daily reminders and mute push notifications. You can also use the Family Center to see how much time they’re spending on Instagram, and set limits.

We restrict DMs between teens (under 18) 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.

Help Center
Instagram account privacy toggle option panel
Manage your time on Instagram by setting a reminder
Manage who can reach out to you in messages