So, what is Instagram?
For those of you who constantly hear of the word ‘Instagram’ but have no idea what it is, have no fear.
We have the perfect source of information here in our Parents Hub to teach you all you need to know about Instagram and how it works, so you can decide whether you want your children using it or not.
In the beginning, Instagram started as a photo sharing application that allowed customers to share both photos and videos either publicly or privately with friends. In recent years, Instagram has now become one of the most popular social media platforms with over 1 billion downloads for sharing with friends.
How to set-up an Instagram Profile?
To create an account, all you need is an email address, username & password, phone number, and a profile photo.
You can then link with your friends by uploading your contact list from either Facebook or Twitter and begin to follow them. Your account can be set to public or private.
Obviously, the public setting will allow any Instagram user to view your posts whereas the private setting requires the account holder’s approval to allow another user to follow them.
You can change your privacy settings by clicking on the three vertical dots on the top right-hand corner of the App. This will open an Options menu and from there you scroll down until you see the ‘Private Account’ Setting. Use the slider to turn your Privacy setting On or Off.
Functionalities of Instagram
Now you can begin to post images or videos by clicking on the plus sign at the bottom of the screen on the main feed page. This will allow you to access your gallery or take a live photo or live video. You can then add text, filters and various effects to your post to make it look more attractive. You have the option to tag people, add a location and share with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. The other tabs at the bottom of the screen is ‘Feed’ which is the main page to view the most recent posts by the people you follow.
The ‘Explore’ tab allows users to search for other users, or search for images using hashtags.
Your ‘News’ tab informs you of your followers likes and comments on your posts.Message
Users also have the option to send their posts directly to their friends via their messaging service, Instagram Direct.
Users also have the option to send their posts directly to their friends via their messaging service, Instragram Direct.
Lastly you have your profile tab where you can view your history and edit your profile.
Reasons why parents may be concerned about Instagram
With Instagram, users can avail of many fun filter tools for their latest posts which is why young adults and children are so addicted to the App.
A lot of time is dedicated to their latest posts to get maximum amounts of likes and attract more followers.
This addiction can cause children to become an introvert as their self-esteem will be directly linked to their latest posts and whatever likes and comments they receive.
Even though the age rating is set at 13+, there is still an easy route to create fake accounts. Children will come across indecent material posted by other people at random either through their images in the Discover tab or the Giphy option.
What can parents do?
Understanding the Apps that our children are using is half the battle. Parents can create their own Instagram account and follow their children, as kids of young age usually have their accounts set to public to gain new followers. This way you can keep an eye on what your children are posting, who is making comments on your children’s post and therefore have a better idea if Instagram is affecting your child in a negative way or not. If so, this is the perfect opportunity to communicate with your child and educate them about these Apps and how too much time spent on them can have a negative impact on their lives.
Parents can use iKydz to either block Instagram completely or control the time spent on the App through our scheduling tool.
IKydz will continue to monitor the Internet for potentially dangerous Apps so we can keep parents informed, our blocklist up-to-date and keep children safe while online.
We are always here to help!
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• Filter content
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