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Instagram introduces ‘Take a Break’ feature for teenagers

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Instagram introduces 'Take a Break' feature for teenagers

Instagram, the picture and video-sharing social media site, has announced the introduction of the “Take a Break” feature for its teenage users.

In a statement released on Tuesday by the Head of Instagram, , it was stated that the Meta-owned company had been working on features to ensure a safe experience for young people using the app.

Instagram introduces 'Take a Break' feature for teenagers

Instagram introduces ‘Take a Break’ feature for teenagers

’ll be taking a stricter approach to what we recommend to teens on the app: we’ll stop people from tagging or mentioning teens that don’t follow them, we’ll be nudging teens towards different topics if they’ve been dwelling on one topic for a long time,” the statement read.

Mosseri also announced that the Take a Break feature will be launched today in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, while every other country will have access to it by next year.

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According to him, the ‘Take A Break’ feature is to “empower people to make informed decisions about how they’re spending their time,” on the app

“If someone has been scrolling for a certain amount of time, ’ll ask them to take a break from Instagram, and suggest that they set reminders to take more breaks in the future. We’ll also them expert-backed tips to help them reflect and reset.

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“To make sure that teens are aware of this feature, ’ll them notifications suggesting they turn these reminders on. ’re encouraged to see that teens are using Take A Break.



’re launching this feature in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia today, and we’ll bring it to everyone by early next year,” he wrote.

Other features include a new educational hub for parents and guardians, to help them guide and support their teenagers on the app.

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In addition, “Parents and guardians will be able to view how much time their teens spend on Instagram and set time limits.”

Teenagers will also have a new option to notify their parents if they report someone, allowing parents the opportunity to talk about it with them.

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To achieve a safer space for teens, Mosseri further revealed that the platform is looking at innovative solutions to verify people’s ages on Instagram.

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