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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021. 1:06 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Social media giant, Facebook is reportedly exploring introducing a parent-controlled social media experience for children under 13 to safely use the Instagram platform.

The Guardian reports that the company would commence to build a version of Instagram for people under the age of 13 years to allow them to “safely” use Instagram for the first time.

Instagram does not currently allow anyone under 13 to create an account.

A Facebook representative has since indicated that the company was exploring a parent-controlled version of the app, that is similar to messenger kids.

The spokesperson has said that children are asking their parents to join apps to keep in touch with friends and at this time, there aren’t many options for parents, so the company is working on building additional products suitable for children.

“We’re exploring bringing a parent-controlled experience to Instagram to help kids keep up with their friends, discover new hobbies and interests, and more,” he stated.

In addition, the company is seeking to roll out new safety features including preventing adults from messaging people under the age of 18 who do not follow them, safety notices for teens when messaged by an adult sending a large amount of friend requests or messages to people under 18, and make it more difficult for adults to find and follow teens using the search function in Instagram.

Teens will also be encouraged to put their profiles on private at the point of registration.

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