Pinderfields Hospital

Pupil Referral Unit

Updated Supervision Features for FB Messenger and Instagram

In June 2023 Meta rolled out some new parental features for FB Messenger and Instagram. As of 30th August these updates are now available globally.

Specific updates for FB Messenger:
  • View how much time the child spends on the app.
  • Updates on their contact list.
  • Notification if the child reports someone.
  • View who can message their child.
  • View who can see their child's stories.
Specific updates for Instagram:
  • Before being able to message someone who doesn't follow them, people must now send a text only invite to connect (in other words, no more unwanted explicit photos from people you don't follow). No further interaction can take place unless the recipient accepts the invite. 
In all, these are quite positive steps, there is further information HERE.

Click HERE to access a useful article on the new parental supervision tools available for Instagram

Step by Step Guides for Privacy on Social Media

Click on the image below to access the Internet Matters useful guides for parents around social media accounts that children may be using.

Jan 23

For the latest advice and guidance for parents on TikTok, recently renamed , click on the image below.

Social Media

There is growing concern about the impact of social media on young people, from parents and teachers, and from young people themselves. But it can be hard to understand how social media could affect someone, as young people can have very different experiences. Two young people using the same App can see very different content, and it can be hard to know why.


Please read the attached blog which has both easy to understand explanations and helpful tips and resources.  There are two sections, one for professionals, parents and carers and the other for young people.


Jan 23