What you need to know
- Instagram is rolling out new tools to help keep kids safe on the social network.
- People won't be able to send DMs to someone under 18 if they don't follow them.
Instagram today announced that it is putting some new measures in place to help keep kids safe on its social network. The most interesting of the new changes is the restriction of DMs, preventing adults from sending messages to under-18s if they don't follow them.
The move is aimed at ensuring that kids only receive messages from people they know rather than random people across Instagram. This will, of course, need kids to have entered their real details when signing up to Instagram.
Instagram also has a new Parents Guide that it hopes will give parents the information they need to help keep their kids safe online.
As much as Instagram was built on sharing phone photos it's now becoming somewhere that people share their professional images, too. People using some of the best digital cameras on the planet are posting to Instagram and it's a great place to see some amazing work. But like most of the internet, Instagram can be dangerous as well. The more work Instagram and Facebook can put in to help keep kids safe, the better.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
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This is a start but is this really going to be effective? What prevents a predator from creating a fake account with a birth date 18 or below to prey on these teens/children? Anyone with real intent to harm can easily circumvent this. Tell me I'm wrong...
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