Even now, some apps have the ability to restrict children’s access to certain content. But Facebook is planning to take it a step further and release a special version of Instagram for kids. According to Mosseri, they are “exploring” a new version of Instagram under parental control. More information on this release is in progress.
According to Instagram’s usage policies, children under the age of 13 cannot use the platform and the new version will likely be aimed at this group of potential users. The project is under the direct supervision of Adam Mosseri and the VP of Facebook Pavni Diwanji. Diwanji previously worked on YouTube Kids.
Building a special version for kids has become a ‘priority’ for Instagram
Instagram’s vice president of product, Vishal Shah, brought up the idea in an internal message board. Plus, he mentioned it as a priority for Instagram.
“We will be building a new Youth Pillar within the Community Product Group to focus on two things: (a) accelerate our integrity and confidentiality work to ensure the safest experience possible for teens and (b) create a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to use Instagram safely for the first time. “Shah noted in the message.
Instagram will be a safer platform for young people
The idea of creating a new version for children follows on from a report that Instagram is working to create a safer platform for the younger members of its community. In this regard, some steps are being taken. Including, restricting DMs between adolescents and adults they are not following, making adolescents be more cautious about interactions with DMs, making it more difficult for adults to find and follow adolescents. and encourage adolescents to be private.
Instagram also said it is working to improve its age detection process to understand people’s real ages. This will help the platform to ban children from registering.
Of course, this is not the first time that Facebook has wanted to offer a special version of its products to children. In 2017, they released a new Messenger version for children from 6 to 12 years old.
The issue of inappropriate social media content for children has always been a controversial issue. Releasing limited editions for children, imposing certain restrictions and giving parents more control will give them more peace of mind.