Instagram for Kids

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Noémie Houde, Photographer

Facebook decided to build an Instagram for kids under 13 years old. The question is; Is it safe for the kids?

 

It is known that Instagram can be mentally tough on adults or teenagers. What will it do to the young kids? 

 

There are 1.386 billion people that have Instagram and 76 % of that is teenagers and approximately half of that is getting bullied every day. It will probably be the same thing for the kids. They will get bullied because their picture is not cute or because they are too fat or skinny, etc.

“Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not equipped to navigate the challenges of having a social media account,” said the National Association of Attorneys General.

There are also approximately 35 to 45 percent of the teenagers that compare themselves to the people on Instagram like models, actors, famous people, etc. The kids will do the same things. They will start to want to become like them. Some kids could start to lose weight and wear makeup to look like their favorite model or actor. Some children could start to say that she is ugly because she is not skinny enough. It could make some children mentally unstable or in a depression.

 

Another question is; Will anyone have the right to write to them? If the answer is yes, that means a pedophile could talk to your kid and ask them some pictures of themselves. Some adults could pretend to be a kid and say that they won something and ask him is address and know where he lives.

“Thousands of children were left in chats with unauthorized users, a violation of the core promise of Messenger Kids,” according to the Verge.