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What should parents know about Instagram?

October 05, 2015
By Common Sense Media

Kids and teens love using the photo-sharing app Instagram because it lets you apply cool effects and captions to your photos and videos and easily share them across a number of social media platforms. The ability to quickly change the look of your pics by adding anything from borders to blurring to brightness not only unleashes kids' creativity, it kinda makes their lives look a little more awesome.

One of the biggest draws of Instagram is the instant feedback you can get. Collecting a large number of followers -- and flattering comments -- is a badge of honor for diehards. On the other hand, negative comments can be really hurtful. If your kid uses Instagram, make sure she knows how to comment respectfully and deal with haters.

Parents also should know that, on Instagram, photos and videos are public by default and can contain location data. So it's important for kids to use privacy settings to limit their audience. Occasionally, negativity crops up, such as so-called "beauty pageants" where user photos are judged (and losers get a red "X" on their faces).

Also, some kids feel pressure to curate their lives to project an idealized image they can't live up to. The rise of "Finstagrams" (fake Instagram profiles) indicates kids feel a need to convey a more authentic version but don't want to ruin their perfect image on their "real" feeds. Despite these hitches, Instagram does a remarkable job of implementing a neat idea with an easy and fast interface, all for free.

Learn more about Instagram HERE or watch a short app review HERE.

Read the original post from Common Sense Media HERE.