Tips from 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.
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. 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.