Meta VR has announced new tools for virtual reality parental supervision, helping parents keep their children safe. And it promises that there will be new tools in the future to protect teens over 13 who can access the platform.
Meta VR brings parental supervision also in virtual reality
Single-player games, social networks in virtual reality. There are so many new VR experiences on the Meta platform. A new world, whose rules are still being defined . The company therefore wants to meet parents, guardians and responsible adults of children over 13, who can access the platform.
As such, they are introducing some parental supervision tools into Quest headsets, with more to come in the future. The company explains that it has worked with experts such as Larry Magid of Connect Safely , Dr. Michael Rich of Digital Wellness Lab , Janice Richardson of Insight SA and Jutta Kroll of Stiftung Digitale Chancen to understand what is needed and how to implement the changes.
One of the first changes lies in the unlocking model. In fact, there comes an additional level of security to prevent access to the device without permission. From April, there will be the ability to lock specific apps behind a password, directly in VR. This way you can block content that is not suitable for minors. From May, the block will be automatic for apps reserved for adults, while leaving parents the ability to change the restrictions as needed.
You will also have a Parent Dashboard accessible from the Oculus mobile app, so that parents can connect to their children’s account. Here the parent can approve or disapprove purchases and downloads, block specific apps (viewing all those downloaded by the child). You can also view your time spent in VR, your children’s list of VR friends, and more.