It seems like almost overnight that Instagram has become the new social hangout for teens and kids online.
Indeed, Instagram is the newest mega-social network that every parent needs to be aware of. Instagram is a photo editing and sharing ‘app’ that allows users to edit photos taken on their phone and post them to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the click of a button.
Instagram photos are open to the public by default and Instagram lets users browse public photos posted by others and by people whom they follow.
But, as we always say at SociallyActive, its not just what your child does online that you need to be concerned about. It’s all those other people’s kids and stranger danger that are usually the biggest threats to children’s privacy and safety. And it seems the more people that join Instagram, the more lewd comments there are on children’s photos, the more inappropriate pictures there are that show-up in children’s newsfeeds and the more reports there are of cyber bullying and sexual predation.
Allowing your child to have an Instagram account is personal decision that every parent will need to make in their own home. However, here are three things you can do to ensure you make the right decision for your family, and if you do let your teen online you’ll know they’re being safe.
- Take our Instagram Challenge - If your child is already on Instagram or you are considering letting them on, then we ask you to download the app and spend an hour browsing the photos that your child is inevitably going to be exposed to. This will give you a good idea as to whether Instagram is a place you want your child to be or not.
- Read through our comprehensive article on Instagram for Kids, A guide for parents – This step-by-step article will walk you through the terminology and the privacy settings on Instagram. Make sure your child’s profile is set to private!
- Sign-up for a Social Privacy Monitoring tool like SociallyActive – SociallyActive connects directly to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and allows you to monitor all of your teen’s social activities in one place. Now you’ll never have to question whether what your child is posting online is appropriate.
The best and easiest way to monitor your teen’s social network profiles is with a social-privacy monitoring tool like SociallyActive.com
SociallyActive connects directly to your teen’s Instagram account and makes sure you never miss a picture. Click below to take a free 7 day trial.