Facebook on Friday said it is working on Instagram for kids under age 13 where parents will have controls just like Messenger Kids Facebook, working to develop an Instagram version for kids under 13. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri confirms that a version of the popular photo-sharing app for children under 13 is in the works. The Facebook-owned company knows that a lot of kids want to use Instagram. 

Mosseri said, ”Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends. A version of Instagram where parents have control as we did with Messenger Kids, is something we’re exploring. We’ll share more down the road”. Joe Osborne said, “Increasingly kids are asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends.”

“Right now, there aren’t many options for parents, so we’re working on building additional products as we did with Messenger Kids that are suitable for kids, managed by parents. 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,” – Joe Osborne. 

Instagram’s Vice President of product, Vishal Shah wrote on an employee message board that they will focus on “building a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time.” 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 behavior,” Instagram said in a statement. Earlier this week, Instagram added a new limitation that prevents teens under 18 from receiving messages from adults as a way to protect younger users from illegal content.