Instagram for kids seems a new and odd concept but guess what? Facebook is apparently working on this. According to BuzzFeed News, Adam Mosseri, who is the head of Instagram, has confirmed that an Instagram version suitable for kids under the age of 13 is in progress.
The head of Instagram said that a lot of children want to use the Facebook-owned app called Instagram. But they cannot use it because of the absence of a detailed plan for them. “But part of the solution is to create a version of Instagram for young people or kids where parents have transparency or control,” Mosseri told BuzzFeed News. “It’s one of the things we’re exploring.”
As per the current policy of Instagram, children who are under 13 are restricted from the platform. The vice president of Instagram, called Vishal Shah, announced this initiative in a Facebook post for employees. Vishal Shah stated that Instagram is also working on its policies. Both the privacy and safety policies for teens are being improved.
🙅♀️ Making it harder for adults who've shown potentially suspicious behavior to find and follow teens
📝 Sharing more safety tips with parents
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— Instagram (@instagram) March 16, 2021
“I’m excited to announce that going forward, we have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list,” Shah said. “We will be building a new youth pillar within the Community Product Group to focus on two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to ensure the safest possible experience for teens and (b) building a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time.”
This is a surprising move by Instagram, considering the history of this app. The policies of Instagram were consistently unable to keep teen users safe from adults’ bullying. But over the years, it has worked on it. We are also looking forward to this new update.