Meta, Facebook’s parent company, plans to offer a “parental control” mode for its chat tool Messenger. Meta says this is “just one of the first parental supervision tools” and intends to roll out more in the coming year. For now, the feature is only available to users in the U.S., U.K., and Canada and will be rolled out to the rest of the world in the coming months.
This initiative will allow parents to do the following on Messenger:
- Know how much time their child spends on Messenger daily.
- Know and set who their child usually talks to and who can see “stories” (similar to Instagram snapshots, a time-limited dynamic that is valid for 24 hours).
- Be notified when their child’s contact list changes.
- Be notified when their child makes changes to their privacy and permission settings.
- Be notified when a child reports someone to Meta with the child’s explicit permission.
Facebook has Messenger Kids for children, but the above feature is for the main Messenger app, which is expected to be available for teenage users aged 13-18.