Instagram: A Guide for Students and Parents/Carers

posted 24 Apr 2018, 05:16 by Nat Admin

Age…  13 +

Consists of…  

Photo/Image Sharing


Location Sharing

Content Sharing

About the app:

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and even companies on Instagram. Instagram allows live streaming.

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Children’s Views:

What do children and young people say to look out for:

34% of the children and young people who reviewed Instagram thought that it can be risky. The top risks were:

  • Strangers following or talking to them, particularly adults

  • Bullying, especially people posting mean posts or pictures

  • Hacking and fake accounts

  • People screenshotting and sharing their pictures and videos without permission

Why young people like it:

  • The main things that young people told us they liked about this site were:

  • Seeing what your friends are doing and commenting on their pictures

  • Following your favourite celebrities

  • Seeing and sharing funny pictures and videos

Parents say:

“Parents should be aware of the option to have your profile private. It may not stop children from seeing what's on other people's profiles and feeds but as long as they are careful who they accept as a follower they can keep their own information private.” - Father of girls aged 10 and 11

“It's easy to set the account to private. It's also easy to look at the followers list to check images aren't shared inappropriately.” - Father of girls aged 7, 11 and 13

Young people say:

“It can be risky if you’re not private as strangers can follow you and message you and you can see photos you shouldn’t be seeing.” - Girl, 13

“Anyone can see your pictures if you don't have a private account.” - Boy, 15

“If you put the location on your photo people can see it.” - Girl, 13

82% of young people who reviewed Instagram said they know how to change their privacy settings on this site.

64% said they know how to turn off their location settings.