Katie Price has spoken out after her 11-year-old son Junior’s Instagram account has been removed from the social media site for a second time.
Katie Price caused controversy when she revealed her decision to allow her two children – 11-year-old Junior and nine-year-old Princess – to join Instagram a few weeks ago.
But now, the mum of five has spoken to The Sun after both her children’s accounts were deactivated temporarily, and Junior’s was taken down completely.
Junior Andre’s account now shows only an error message, whilst his sister Princesses’ account is still up and running, despite her being three years his junior and six years too young according to Instagram’s guidelines.
Katie has revealed how much upset the deactivation has caused her family, telling the paper, ‘They’ve been taken down again because people keep complaining. I’m running the accounts, all of Junior’s friends have Instagram. He’s sad because he feels left out because pathetic people keep reporting his profile.’
Speaking of those Instagram users that have reported Junior’s account, presumably for being too young, Katie is not happy, ‘Why do they care? What’s he doing that’s so offensive to them?’
Princess and Junior are both younger than the site’s requirements of users to be aged 13 and over, but Katie has spoken openly about her strict controls over their accounts, and how important it is for their budding careers to have an online presence.
Speaking on Loose Women just after the accounts were made active, Katie admitted it was important for her children to be equal with their peers too.
Katie said: ‘My kids have been brought up in the industry, everyone knows who they are.
‘Now they’re being booked themselves, for TV shows, modelling jobs. Social media is the future – I won’t allow them on Facebook, Snapchat or Twitter.
She added: ‘All their friends have Instagram accounts. They want to be like their friends – I’m trying to make them normal.’
Her decision was met with backlash from some parents, who have warned her of the dangers of allowing children so young online.
The kids’ return to Instagram comes after dad Peter Andre also admitted he hadn’t been too keen on the idea, but had compromised.
‘I don’t like kids having them because I think it opens them up to all sorts of issues, but as a parent you have to compromise with the other parent and try to work together,’ he wrote in his new! magazine column.
Katie has been working hard on kick-starting Princess and Junior’s careers in showbiz, with them having already appeared on TV with their showbiz parents and most recently on the former glamour model’s new TLC show Katie Price’s Pony Club.