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Meta offers new protections for Teens on Facebook, Instagram - ITREALMS

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As part of efforts at improving Child Online Protection, the Meta Platforms, has introduced new guidelines to give the Teens more age-appropriate experiences, reports 
ITREALMS.

Some of the takeaways in the new offering for teens include the ability to hide more types of content for teens on both Instagram and Facebook.

This, Meta Platform said would be in line with expert guidance.

"We’re automatically placing all teens into the most restrictive content control settings on Instagram and Facebook and restricting additional terms in Search on Instagram," Meta revealed.

Also, 
ITREALMS gathered that Meta plans to prompt teens to update their privacy settings on Instagram in a single tap with new notifications.

"We want teens to have safe, age-appropriate experiences on our apps. We’ve developed more than 30 tools and resources to support teens and their parents, and we’ve spent over a decade developing policies and technology to address content that breaks our rules or could be seen as sensitive. Today, we’re announcing additional protections that are focused on the types of content teens see on Instagram and Facebook," the technology company revealed.

Additionally, Meta revealed that regularly consult with experts in adolescent development, psychology and mental health to help make our platforms safe and age-appropriate for young people, including improving our understanding of which types of content may be less appropriate for teens.

"Take the example of someone posting about their ongoing struggle with thoughts of self-harm. This is an important story, and can help destigmatize these issues, but it’s a complex topic and isn’t necessarily suitable for all young people.


"Now, we’ll start to remove this type of content from teens’ experiences on Instagram and Facebook, as well as other types of age-inappropriate content. We already aim not to recommend this type of content to teens in places like Reels and Explore, and with these changes, we’ll no longer show it to teens in Feed and Stories, even if it’s shared by someone they follow."

“Meta is evolving its policies around content that could be more sensitive for teens, which is an important step in making social media platforms spaces where teens can connect and be creative in age-appropriate ways. These policies reflect current understandings and expert guidance regarding teen’s safety and well-being. As these changes unfold, they provide good opportunities for parents to talk with their teens about how to navigate difficult topics.” – Dr. Rachel Rodgers, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University.

We want people to find support if they need it, so we will continue to share resources from expert organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness when someone posts content related to their struggles with self-harm or eating disorders. We’re starting to roll these changes out to teens under 18 now and they’ll be fully in place on Instagram and Facebook in the coming months.

Here’s more detail on how today’s updates expand on our existing protections, in line with feedback from experts:

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