How to Report Cyber Bullying on Instagram

instagramUnfortunately, Instagram can be a bit like the Wild West for your teen to navigate on their own. Recent surveys and trends reflect that Instagram has become the new breeding ground for cyber bullying and sexual predation.

In the event that your child feels they are being cyber bullied by another user on Instagram, there are few steps that you can take.

How to Report Abusive Behavior on Instagram

The first step is to remove your teen from the situation. Carefully analyze both sides of the situation and if you decide further action is required, then Instagram recommends reviewing their Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.

If your teen is running into issues with a particular user on Instagram who is violating their Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, your teen can report photos and content directly in Instagram with their built-in flagging feature. This can include nude photos, abuse, and excessive spam.

According to Instagram, flagging is totally anonymous; no information about the flagger is sent to the user whose account or photo has been flagged.

In order to flag a photo:

  • Tap the “…” below the photo you would like to report and then “Flag as Inappropriate.”

In order to flag a comment:

  • Tap the “Comment” button below the image, swipe right on the comment you would like to report, then tap the “!” and select “Report Abuse.”

You can proactively review your child’s Instagram Privacy Settings with them to help avoid situations that might require action on your part.

Additionally, SociallyActive’s social-privacy monitoring tool provides you deep insight into your teen’s social network activities so that you can steer off problems before they occur.


The best and easiest way to monitor your teen’s Instagram photos is SociallyActive’s social-privacy monitoring tool.

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Chris Crosby
Chris is the cofounder and Managing Director of SociallyActive. He is also the CEO of Inflection Point Global. Check out his personal blog at where he writes about startups, leadership and negotiation.
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