Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 12:22 pm

According to information obtained by media company Buzzfeed, an Instagram company message board indicates that the photo-sharing app is planning to create an Instagram platform for children 13 and under. 

The information was revealed by Buzzfeed two days after Instagram posted a blog titled “Continuing to Make Instagram Safer for the Youngest Members of Our Community.”

In this blog, Instagram execs shares that they are “exploring ways to make it more difficult for adults who have been exhibiting potentially suspicious behaviour to interact with teens.

However, there has not been an official announcement from Instagram regarding the creation of an Instagram for younger children.

No strict age verification on social media platforms

Currently, children 13 and under are not allowed to have an Instagram account. However, many users lie about their date of birth in order to access the platform. 

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Weak age verification on social media
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Many tech companies have created kid-centred platforms as a ‘safer’ space for them to interact. 

  • Messenger Kids is aimed at children between the ages of 6-12.
  • YouTube Kids allows parents to create accounts for children from birth to teen years.

The three main risks for teens on Instagram have been reported to be: 

  • Suicidal ideation
  • Depression
  • Body image concerns

No technological app is completely safe

Adults can simply create fake accounts pretending to be kids. In an Instagram video, the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, said “one of the reasons why Instagram does so well is we allow people to have multiple accounts and multiple identities.” 

 

 

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How do you monitor your childrens’ social media activities, and are you concerned for their safety?

 

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