What is Instagram Kids or is there a Kid version of Instagram? Early this year, Instagram announced that it will release a version of its app for kids. This app is mainly targeted at kids who are under the age of thirteen. As you know that Instagram does not allow anyone who is under the age of thirteen to use its service. This is because a lot of things are uploaded on Instagram that can deprave young children. Good news to all Kids as they can mingle with their peers on this new version of Instagram. Thus, Instagram is aimed at bringing children in the middle childhood years together.
However, Facebook is hitting the brakes on Instagram for Kids due to some backlash and criticism it received. Mark Zuckerberg and his team shelved their proposed plan following the pressure from lawmakers and the question about the impact of the platform on teenage girls. Most critics of this Instagram version feel that children should not be encouraged to use Instagram. And the truth is that nothing with stop these children from using this app to disclose things they are not supposed to disclose.
The head of Instagram ‘’Adam Mosseri’’ confirmed the pause on the introduction of the app as he wrote in a blog post ‘’This will give us more time to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate their value and importance of this project for younger teens online today’’. He also added that they’ll continue to build opt-in parental supervision tools for teens. Thus, he meant that it is better for parents to have control over their children and supervise them as well while using this app. The app will require parental permission to join which indicates safety for every child.
What can Children do On Instagram Kids?
The proposed Instagram for Kids app has a load of useful and amazing features for all kids out there. As a parent, you will find this platform very useful for your child. Children can play, create, learn, connect, watch, and do a lot more from their mobile devices. Instagram believes that the younger kids are also looking out for where to express themself. So, Facebook sees it as a great idea to develop an app that is specially designed for them. Other social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok have recognized this issue and have created a version of their app for those under 13 years of age.