Facebook says it is suspending the launch of Instagram for kids after widespread criticism. Facebook was developing a version of its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, optimized for kids under the age of 13 years. Various studies suggest that the App is harming the mental health of kids and teenagers. Wall Street Journal report shows that Instagram is harmful to many teenagers. The research of over three years and found that the Platform adversely affects the mental health of teenagers, especially girls. It will also seek to make its parental controls available to teen accounts.
Instagram currently requires users to be of at least 13 years old. To cater to younger users, Facebook was developing a kid’s version of the App. Now, Facebook is pausing the development of the App for kids as it faces backlash from various organizations. The impacts of Social Media on children raise concerns about bullying and mental health issues. Kids under 13 are already on Instagram and using the App by misrepresenting their age. Instagram for Kids was going to be a clone of the original platform, but without the adverts and with access for parents to monitor their children’s online activity.
Youth today faces the pressure of keeping up with social media like never before. The addiction is causing unhealthy eating habits, disrupt sleep patterns, anxiety, and depression among kids and teens. Social media platforms, despite their efforts, fail to cater to the issue. Instagram and Facebook are the World’s largest Social Media platforms with billions of monthly active users. The project geared at children, which would have established a parentally controlled version of the app for minors, was widely misunderstood, according to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri.
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