It gets harder and harder everyday doesn’t it?
Raising children right in the year 2021 is probably the hardest task on the face of the planet. Our walls don’t keep them safe anymore.
The far reaching tendrils of social media platforms and communication technologies are trying to grab kids younger and younger these days.
There have been so many reports over how this stuff is incredibly addictive and really bad for your mental health and psychology, yet Zuckerberg and co are trying to target young children now.
What is happening to our country?
What is happening to our youth?
What can YOU do to stop this and protect your children from all these outside sources?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think 12 year old kids should be targeted by social media companies. We don’t let big tobacco target our children….why let big tech do it then?
Take a look:
The Epoch Times had more on the story:
A broad-based coalition of child safety advocates has sent a letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under 13, saying it’s not the right fix for the problem of kids lying about their age to get on the platform and it would “put young users at great risk.”
“Launching a version of Instagram for children under 13 is not the right remedy” for the problem of kids dodging age controls, wrote the coalition, which consists of 35 organizations and 64 individual experts, coordinated by the nonprofit Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.
In the letter (pdf), the coalition said Facebook’s plans to develop a kids’ version of Instagram “will subject young children to a number of serious risks and will offer few benefits for families.”
“Instagram, in particular, exploits young people’s fear of missing out and desire for peer approval to encourage children and teens to constantly check their devices and share photos with their followers,” the letter says. “The platform’s relentless focus on appearance, self-presentation, and branding presents challenges to adolescents’ privacy and wellbeing.”
Time Magazine had this to report on the plans for this new platform:
Facebook is building a version of the photo-sharing tool Instagram specifically for children under the age of 13, an effort to get its popular products into the hands of the next generation of internet users.
The new app was announced internally Thursday, but is not yet launched. Instagram currently requires that users must be at least 13 years old. BuzzFeed News previously reported on Instagram Kids.
Instagram, bought by Facebook almost a decade ago for $1 billion, has become one of its most popular products at a time when its main social networking property has failed to resonate with some younger users.