At present there is a lot of chat among Upper Key Stage 2 children with regards to Instagram. As a result we have produced this fact file.
Instagram is not just sharing images online and using clever filters to alter the images. It is a social platform just like Facebook, Twitter etc... You must be 13 years of age, set up a profile, have the option of completing a bio, and option of using privacy settings.
3 Things You Should Do Today
- Get involved. If your children are using Instagram, then you should be using Instagram as well. By default, anyone can hover over your child’s profile and view info unless you change the settings (Google instructions for your device).
- You need to sign up for an account and start using the platform. You will realize that photos can be shared on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.
- You also need to make sure your child adds your name to their friend’s list. (Yes, they will tell you that no one else has their parent’s on their friend’s list. It just isn’t fair! Do you believe that?)
Parent Alert: 5 Dangers for Kids On Instagram
- Many times pre-teens and teens give away personal information that should not be shared. Yes, even though you have had a thousand conversations about not over-sharing, it happens. The Profile section on Instagram makes your child vulnerable to listing their, first and last name, birthday, gender, phone number, (How many times have we talked about not listing your phone number?) and email address. They could also share personal information in the bio section if they are not careful.
- All information begins as viewable by the public unless you change the settings to private. This way their profile information is concealed from strangers.
- Instagram is available on your child’s iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Android phone. Many parents have been surprised to learn their child, under the age of thirteen, had a secret Instagram account they were accessing from their iPod. If in doubt, check it out.
- Make sure your child is not revealing their location on their photos. You can turn off geo-tagging in the settings under Location Services.
- Instagram is another social platform, therefore, your child can become friends with strangers posing as another child. They have the option to “follow” other Instagram users in the “Popular” section. This is one of the ways they can come in contact with strangers. Many times teens feel it is popular to follow many people similar to collecting “likes” on Facebook. Always check their friend’s list to make sure you know the people they are communicating with.
Instagram can be a creative way to learn photography and modify pictures using the filters. Now, is the time to get involved. With so many people participating and sharing, you need to be aware of how children should be protected by implementing safety settings and joining the service. Happy snapping!