The CEO of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has assured that the company plans to create a version of the social network for children under 13 years of age, so that they can participate using the application but in a restricted area.
Instagram has appointed a person in charge to assess the creation of the Kids version of the social network
It is not far-fetched. The user experience could be similar to what Facebook has already implemented in other company apps, such as Facebook Messenger Kids, also designed for children under 13 years of age. Other social networks also have similar products for minors, such as YouTube Kids.
Facebook would thus respond to the demand for access to the social network Instagram by children under 13 years of age. In this Instagram exclusively for children under 13 years of age, parents would have absolute control and there would be total transparency so that they know the activity of their children on said platform.
Pavni Diwanji, a manager who at the time supervised the development of YouTube Kids when he was working for Google, has been appointed as head of the Instagram project for children under 13.
Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends. A version of Instagram where parents have control, like we did w / Messenger Kids, is something we’re exploring. We’ll share more down the road.
– Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) March 18, 2021
It must be remembered that currently the Instagram use policy prohibits those under 13 years of age from being able to access it, although the reality is that the company is permissive when it comes to controlling the real age indicated by its users when they are record.
Still, the company in recent weeks has taken some action to guarantee the safety of the youngest in the social network. For example, it has restricted the ability to exchange private messages between adult and underage users.
As a consequence of this measure, adults will only be able to send messages to minors who follow them, thus avoiding the attempt to contact young people who are not family members or with whom there is no previous contact.