Facebook, the social media platform we all know and love has paused the development of Instagram Kids. With the new generation having a deep connection to technology it is a great idea to have them dip their toes into social media with a little bit of parental control. However with the new concerns of how social media can influence children and the development was paused.
In a blog post published Monday, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said he still believes building Instagram Kids is “the right thing to do.” As kids are already online and misrepresenting their age to access Instagram (which is only accessible to over-13s), he said that Instagram thought it best for children in the 10-12 age group to have an age-appropriate service dedicated to them. Instagram Kids will not be designed to replicate the adult version of the app, but to be ad-free and overseen directly by parents, he added.
“Our intention is not for this version to be the same as Instagram today,” said Mosseri. “Parents can supervise the time their children spend on the app and oversee who can message them, who can follow them and who they can follow.”
In a follow up tweet, Mosseri expanded on why Instagram decided to delay the project. Instagram Kids was leaked before the company was ready for it to be public, he said, meaning that Instagram wasn’t ready to answer questions about it and allay people’s fears. Following the escalation in concern sparked by The Wall Street Journal’s reporting, it was clear the company needed to take more time over it, he added.
With the public still skeptical about the development of social media for kids it is important that companies take the correct precautions to make sure that everyone is happy with the decisions.
Recently with the rise of social media “TikTok” many children were influenced with the information and trends shared on the platform. Many schools were hit hard with the bathroom and school equipment stealing trend which created a huge impact on all schools over the world. With examples such as this it is not hard to assume the negative outcome Instagram Kids can put on children.