As studies multiply stating that children should not be exposed to screens too early, the social network Instagram is planning to set up a version for children.
It’s parents who are likely to pull their hair out! The social network Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is considering a children’s version of its application. Adam Mosseri, head of the social network, confirmed this project in a tweet in reaction to information revealed by the site Buzzfeed. According to him, it is necessary to satisfy children who « increasingly ask their parents if they can join apps that help them stay in touch with their friends », stressing that « a version of Instagram where parents keep control, like what we did with Messenger Kids, is an idea we are exploring ».
A project that has already aroused the ire of many Internet users who have strongly criticised it, worrying about the risks for young people, who are not safe from harassment or content that could harm them.
As a reminder, Instagram requires a minimum legal age of 13 to be able to register. To date, there is no way to verify the age of users when they register. For this reason, the social network has announced measures to protect the youngest users, in particular through a technology using artificial intelligence and automatic learning to guess the real age of users. It is not certain that this will be enough to protect children, who are already very exposed on social networks around the world.
Yet every year, numerous scientific studies warn about the dangers of screens for young children or the omnipresence of social networks in the lives of the youngest.