Lori Moylan, Head of Public Policy for Meta
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) — Lori Moylan joined Dano on Capital Chat on Friday to talk about internet safety for young people.
Moylan said how to start the conversation.
“I encourage all parents to know that it has to be an ongoing dialogue with your teenagers. They don’t always understand that the internet is always right and that, you know, words written on a screen can really hurt someone’s feelings. So make sure you have that ongoing dialogue with them and check in in an accessible, nonjudgmental way. It really respects the role that you know technology is going to play in their lives. in the future. this is the best place to start.”
She said adolescence is when important habits are formed.
“Your teenage years are incredibly formative for the habits you’re going to have as adults. Right? And we certainly know that as adults we’re on our computers all the time, isn’t it? We’re on our phones all the time, whether it’s for work or to connect with friends and family we don’t see all the time. And so now really is the time, you know, talking to your kids and making sure they learn those healthy habits that they will need when they grow up I have four kids of my own, two of whom are teenagers and have phones, tablets and laptops. So yeah, there’s definitely a lot to think about to make sure your kids learn the healthy habits they’ll need to follow online into adulthood.”
Moylan commented on the new tools parents can use to control their children’s screen exposure.
“We recently introduced new tools to help you start those conversations and give parents more control and understanding over what their kids are doing on our apps. And so things like helping them set time limits for screen on Instagram, right? So they’re only on the app at certain times. I know when my kids go to bed, I like to take the phone off at the end of the night. But some parents also use screen time limits to turn it off and make sure they’re not accessing Instagram, you know, not texting with their friends all night, when they should be back in school. It’s something adults can struggle with too. I think it’s important to make sure we’re teaching our kids that we’re all both of the mannequins as an example.We also help them use types of o utilities like screen time limits so they can make sure they have the right balance between the time they spend online and the time they spend on other activities.”
Moylan said it’s not just about the time children spend online, but what they do online.
“It’s not just about the amount of time your children spend online, is it? It’s also about the quality. One of the features we also introduced in our latest version of the parental control center type. It’s an option that if your teen reports someone for something like bullying or harassment on Instagram, they can share that with you so you can see that they have someone reported. That’s a really good way to start a conversation with your child, isn’t it? up to you and striking up a conversation themselves. Saying, my friends at school told me said something mean online. They can let their parents know so their parents can see that they’re reading this report on another account. This gives the parent an opportunity to start that conversation.”
Moylan explained how Meta handles posts that violate Community Standards.
“For certain types of content, like certain types of things that violate our community standards, we’re actually able to use machine learning to identify it and remove it. Usually before people even see. A good example is photos that contain nudity. It’s the easiest thing to train on a machine, an algorithm to look at, and figure out it’s nudity and remove it before people don’t see it. For things that are more difficult, where we can’t be convinced that machine learning is going to work, because obviously we don’t want to take content away that deserves to be on the platform. So for more complicated things than that, yes, we have people. We have hundreds and hundreds of reviewers, front-line reviewers who first see a message if they have difficulty, they can pass it on to supervisors above them. st really expensive and can be a long process to make sure we get those decisions, though. And obviously if we get a bad decision ng or you think we made a bad decision, there is an appeal option, right? If your content is removed and you believe we made the wrong decision, you can always appeal.”
Moylan pointed parents in the right direction towards Parental Controls.
“If you go to familycenter.instagram.com. We have a lot of resources there to tell you more about the parental controls we offer. We just discussed a lot of things, as well as an education center that has lots of reading material and things designed for teens, parents and educators. Where you can explore topics like security and privacy, right? What kinds of privacy features should I be safe to have on my account? right? How do I make sure that people aren’t going to hack into my accounts or people that I don’t want to follow might start following me, or things like how to fend off bullying, right? so they can make sure they’re like learning those healthy online habits early on again.”