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Helping families build positive Instagram habits, together

Learn how to best support a positive Instagram environment for your teen as they continue to grow, connect and express their creativity online.

Supervision on Instagram

Explore tools and insights to help your teen build positive online habits while meeting your parenting needs and balancing your teen’s growing autonomy.

Help shape your teen's experience

Every family is unique and has different needs. You can determine what you feel is the most appropriate online experience for your younger teen by approving or denying when they want to change a defaulted safety setting. This can also help spark conversations with your teen about why they want to change the setting.

A guide for better balance

Help your teen build time management skills by being mindful of their time both on and offline. Discuss setting time limits and scheduled breaks to help your teen make the most of their experience on Instagram.

Insights and reporting

Use insights to help spark conversations and keep communication lines open about your teen’s online experiences. See how much time they spend on Instagram, their follower/following lists, account settings and shared reports from your teen.

Supervision and support

Get the tools you need to better support your teen on Instagram

Explore resources that can help you foster more positive and intentional online experiences for your teen.

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Common questions

We’ve built over 30 tools, features and resources that help teens have safe, positive experiences, and give parents easy ways to set boundaries for their teens. You can find more information about these features in our Help Center.

Setting up supervision on Instagram starts with just one invitation. Teens can invite a parent to supervise their account, and a parent can invite their teens to enroll in supervision. Both parties must accept their invitations, and teens must confirm their parent’s identity for supervision to begin. Get started by going into settings in the Instagram app and clicking on supervision.

With supervision, parents and teens can start a conversation about how much time teens should be spending on Instagram. Setting up the daily time limit restricts the total amount of time that teens can spend on the Instagram app per day across all devices.

In addition to setting daily time limits, you can set up scheduled breaks during specific hours of the day (e.g., school hours, dinner time) with supervision. These scheduled breaks block your teen’s access to Instagram during the specific hours that you choose.

If the teen you are supervising on Instagram reports something, they have the option of letting you know about it. If they decide to let you know, you will be notified that your teen has made a report as well as the category of the report they selected and the account they reported. You can visit the education hub for conversation guides and resources or visit the Safety Center to learn more about how to take additional actions.

Parents can use supervision to view some of their teen’s settings related to account privacy, sensitive content and messaging in the Family Center dashboard. In addition, if any of these settings change, parents will receive a notification alerting them that changes have been made if push notifications are enabled.