Instagram for kids

Instagram For Kids To Be Launched Soon: Facebook

March 20, 2021

Social media giant Facebook on March 19 said it is developing Instagram for kids under age 13 where parents will have controls just like Messenger Kids.

"Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends," tweeted head of Instagram Adam Mosseri.

He said that the version of the popular photo-sharing app is currently being explored.

"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," he said.

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Mosseri is overseeing the Instagram for Kids project with vice president Pavni Diwanji.

Facebook launched a Messenger chat platform for kids between the 6-12 age group in 2017.

It may be mentioned here that earlier this week, Instagram said it is introducing a new feature that prevents adults from sending messages to people under 18 who don't follow them.

"We have banned adults from direct messaging teenagers who don't follow them and introduce 'safety prompts' that will be shown to teens when they DM adults who have been 'exhibiting potentially suspicious behaviour'," Instagram said in a statement.

The company said that suspicious behaviour could include sending "a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18."

Safety prompts will give teenage users the option to report or block adults who are messaging them.

Instagram also announced a new Parents' Guide with expert partners for more countries, including India.

The popular photo-sharing platform has over 1 billion monthly active users globally.

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