Meta has announced that starting today (June 14), parents in the UK will be able to monitor their children's Instagram and Quest 2 accounts, such as approving purchases, scheduling breaks and more.

If you want to understand how your kids use Meta apps on iOS and Android, the release of new tools (Opens in a new tab) might give you insight into what they view or try to buy every day.

When the features appear in users' Instagram Settings section, you'll be able to:

  • Connect and monitor your teen's account
  • See who is following your teen and who is following them.
  • See more information when your teen shares that they've reported something
  • Set daily limits for the amount of time your teen can spend on Instagram
  • Schedule breaks at specific times

There's also oversight for VR apps in Meta Quest 2. Originally announced in March (opens in a new tab), users can approve purchases, check headset screen time from within the Oculus app, view their list of friends and more.

There's also plenty to find here, like a feature that encourages teens to stay away from certain topics on Instagram, with more of an emphasis on their well-being.

These controls are an encouraging step from Meta to give parents more control over what their kids watch, but teens may not be happy with these new features.

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Creating a safe experience for teens on a social platform has become increasingly important over the years, especially given how easy it has become to create an account on Instagram and other social media platforms.

But it's a two-way street when it comes to controls like this. Kids want to feel independent, especially as teenagers, so there may be a push back on the controls parents will be able to use.

To Meta's credit, all of these new features are useful and fully justified in the bogus content that fills most social platforms in recent years. But the next step may be to show teens, perhaps through the Explore tab, that it's okay to give their parents some control over their accounts.

However, if you're a parent struggling to find a gift for your son or daughter, but want to make sure they're watching the right content, there are some great Quest 2 deals ahead of the school holidays.

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