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Instagram launches Parents' Guide to ensure safety of children on the platform Digital safety

Instagram launches Parents' Guide to ensure safety of children on the platform

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 30 Jul 2021, 01:56 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: Popular digital platform Instagram has launched a guide for parents so that they can monitor their children’s consumption pattern and ensure their children are safe.

The guide, written in Bengali, explains the safety features that exist on the platform, and is expected to have a wide reach in West Bengal, especially in the rural areas.

The Parents' Guide is a resource from Instagram, available across many countries, to provide parents with a better understanding of the changing digital landscape.

It acts as a conversation starter with their children, as it provides information about tools that exist to keep their child safe on Instagram.

The Guide has inputs from key organizations working actively on the rights and safety of children - Center for Social Research, CyberPeace Foundation, Aarambh India Initiative, Young Leaders for Activity Citizenship, It’s Ok To Talk, and Suicide Prevention India Foundation.

The Guide includes information on all the new safety features on Instagram, such as ‘DM reachability controls’, which gives creator and business accounts the control to choose who can message them on Instagram and who can add them to groups on Instagram Direct.

Another example is ‘Bulk comment management’, which gives people the option to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments.

There are others too like ‘Restrict’, which allows your child to protect their account from unwanted interactions without making a bully aware.

Tara Bedi, Public Policy and Community Outreach Manager for Instagram in India, said, “It is important for parents to be well informed about the products and features used by their children. This understanding can help parents feel more comfortable with their children using it to showcase their creativity, because they would know the safety features available to them.  This is what we’re aiming to accomplish with the Parents Guide for Instagram.”

Recently, Instagram has also announced several other changes to enhance the safety of young people - one, that everyone who is under 16 years old will be defaulted into a private account when they join Instagram, and two, a new feature ‘Security Checkup’, which will guide people whose accounts may have been hacked, through the steps needed to secure them.

The Parent’s Guide in Bengali is available here