“Today we are announcing new tools to help people manage their time on Facebook and Instagram: Activity Checklist, Daily Reminder, and New Notification Limitation. We developed these tools based on cooperation and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, our extensive research and response from our community. We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be deliberate, positive and inspiring. Our hope is that these tools give people greater control over the time they spend on our platforms and also encourage conversations between parents and teenagers about their online habits. During the development of these tools, we collaborated with leading experts and scientists such as Robert Kraut at Carnegie Mellon, Sonja Lyubomirsky at UC Riverside, Dacher Keltner, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, and Matt Killingsworth from the Greater Good Science Center UC Berkeley and worked closely with clinicians and mental health organizations such as Save.org and National Lifeline Prevention Suicide. We hope that these tools will give people greater control over the time they spend on our platforms. We also want these tools to encourage parents and teen conversations about their online habits. To access the tools, go to the settings page in any application. At Instagram, click on ‘Your Activity’ and on Facebook, tap ‘Your Time on Facebook’. At the top, you’ll see a dashboard showing the average time to apply to that device. Tap any line to see your total time for that day. Below the table, you can set a daily reminder to give yourself a notification when you have reached the amount of time you want to spend on this app for that day. You can change or cancel the reminder at any time. You can also tap on “Notification Settings” to quickly access the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting. This will limit your Facebook or Instagram notifications for a period of time when you need to focus on something. We have a responsibility to help people understand how much time they spend on our platforms so they can better manage their experience. In December 2017, we shared the data on what the Facebook team is doing to create experiences that help people connect and build relationships. Although we have more work to do, over the past year, we have introduced several tools to help people better control their Facebook and Instagram experience. On Facebook, we’ve improved the quality of updates to show people the most relevant posts with features such as “View First,” “Hide,” “Remove,” and “Postpone Keywords”. At Instagram, we’ve launched powerful tools for community preventive care – such as the “You’re All Caught Up” message on updates, keyword filtering, sensitivity screens, and offensive and intimidating filters. We also have a continuous, global commitment to prevent suicide, including extending proactive detection and improving the identification of the immediate response person. Our approach was developed in collaboration with mental health organizations such as Save.org and Child’s Smile and with reports from individuals who had a personal experience thinking or trying to commit suicide. In March, the Facebook Security Summit was convened, with more than 100 organizations, researchers, experts and teenagers talking about a wide range of issues – from security and technology issues to how technology affects our well-being . We have also collaborated with the Scholastic and Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to develop and launch the “Best Self” social and emotional curriculum designed to give teachers easy-to-use lessons to help students develop pre-social behaviors and worked with the Stand for Children, Harvard’s Making Careing Common and other experts to develop a “courtesy” curriculum and to launch a Challenge of School Challenge, which enrolls secondary schools in teaching 30 days of a good-life study program. It’s not just the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram but how they spend this time. It is our responsibility to talk openly about how online time affects people – and we take this responsibility seriously. These new tools are an important first step and we are committed to continuing our work to promote safe, polite and supportive communities for all. These updates will be released shortly on Facebook and Instagram,”ended the two executives. Source: www.euro2day.gr
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