Instagram to change the way millions of teens use app with parental supervision

Parents will be able to supervise what their teens get up to on social media under new plans to make Facebook and Instagram safer for young people.

Facebook will roll out three new measures to improve safety for kids and teens on its platforms, after weeks of criticism around the company's approach to mental health and social media addiction.

The social media giant has come under fire after leaks of internal documents shows that the company has been aware of the impact it has on teenagers for several years.

Leaked documents published in the Wall Street Journal saw the company admit:

"We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls. Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression. This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups."

However, Facebook's Vice President of Global Affairs and former deputy PM Nick Clegg claimed in an interview on Sunday that Instagram can 'actually' make teenagers feel better.

"For the overwhelming majority of teenagers, actually using Instagram is a positive experience even when they're suffering from sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and so on," he said.

"It either makes no difference or it actually makes them feel better."

He added: "We're going to introduce new controls for adults of teens on an optional basis obviously so that adults can supervise what their teens are doing online."

"Where our systems see that a teen is looking at the same content over and over again and it's content that might not be conducive to their wellbeing, we'll nudge them onto other content."

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Instagram will also introduce a feature called 'Take A Break' which prompts users to 'simply take a break' from Instagram, Clegg said.

Mark Zuckerberg's company had one of the roughest weeks in its history, after its servers for Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram were also hit by multiple outages.

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