Instagram for Kids is Currently Being Developed – Getting Kids Addicted Early?
The folks over at Facebook are reportedly developing an alternative to their popular visual-focused social networking platform. It’s expected to be an Instagram for kids, specifically for those under the age of 13.
Instagram for Kids is Currently Being Developed
It’s no surprise that Instagram is still one of the popular social networking platforms around today. One of the requirements to sign up for the app (which I’m sure not many people bother with) is that you need to be at least 13 years old. A recent report suggests that they are creating an Instagram for kids.
This news comes from an internal report from the company. Vishal Shah, Instagram’s vice president of products says in the document,
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. 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.
Vishal Singh, Instagram VP of Products
This move can be seen as a way of combatting cyber bullying and other online predatory behaviours. Even recently, they’ve made a blog post dedicated on how to keep young users safe on the internet along with the addition of new features to protect teens on the social networking platform.
At the moment, there is no word yet on when Instagram for kids will be released, but it will be overseen by the head of Instagram himself, Adam Mosseri, alongside Facebook VP, Pavni Diwanji, who worked on YouTube Kids when she was still with Google.
Pokdepinion: Given how addictive social media can get for a lot of people, I’m not sure if doing one for kids would be a good idea. Sure, it will help filter content to something more age-appropriate, but I’d rather them not use it until they reach a certain age. What do you think?