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Instagram suspends parenting tool after psychologist’s speech

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Instagram has paused its Instagram for Kids program after hosting a talk by a psychologist on the issues around the app’s use by children.

In a statement Instagram confirmed it is temporarily stopping the feature so they can review the feedback from the first event, held in the US, and test what the feedback is, and the response is, before going ahead with a revamped version.

Instagram for Kids allows children to share photos, videos and Stories on the platform which, if viewed by their parents, are accompanied by parental controls and alerts if it’s not age-appropriate.

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said, in a post on the company’s blog, that the program started as a “response to conversations parents were having about their kids using Instagram.”

“As part of this effort, we came up with an easy way for parents to see a filtered version of their child’s photos and videos, enabling them to help filter out content that’s not appropriate for younger users,” he said.

It’s not the first time the company has had to clarify that the app does not allow minors to access more mature images or to pose nude or with a sexualised body part.

Previously, Instagram has said that adults over the age of 13 can access the original social network.

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