Instagram is the most used social networking app in the world at the moment. It is hugely popular with teens and their logo is becoming as recognisable as Facebook. A couple of reasons it has risen to dominate a very competitive market is that it is now owned and promoted by Facebook and was developed as an app for small screens such as phones, iPods and tablets.
Over the last few years the majority of social networking has moved away from larger screens like computers and towards handheld devices, for obvious reasons. It is easier, more convenient and quicker to access a phone when needing to share or post than to carry around a computer. The majority of teenagers now have access to phones with data plans that allow them to connect to the internet 24/7.
On that fateful day your child approaches you and enquires about wanting to social network there is almost no doubt they will be asking for Instagram. Of course as time progresses another program will supersede Instagram but for now, they are the leader.
Below is everything a parent needs to know about Instagram the program and whether it is a good fit for our family.
An account can be set to private whereby those who do not follow our child do not get access to or can see posts or information. They must request our child to allow them to follow. An account is set to public by default and the privacy setting must be activated in the account.
Direct Message is a relatively new function in Instagram whereby a photo or video can be shared with a select group of users as opposed to all your followers. The user can select between 1 and 15 followers who can then share and communicate through a private thread. This function was only released in September 2015. This can encourage private and/or secretive communication and sharing amongst children. This is a major change in the functionality of the app and is something a parent needs to be aware of. To read more about this feature click here.
To learn more or for frequently asked questions go to the Instagram help centre for parents – Instagram Parent Help Centre