Instagram went online in 2010 and rapidly exploded into the 130 million user social media juggernaut that it is today. The popular photo app works on both Android and iOS platforms. The allure of easy photo sharing, liking photos, tagging and the unique filters and editing options make the app an endless source of social entertainment. The thought of our kids sharing/viewing photos and now videos with and from 130 million people could be source of anxiety for many parents. Other social video apps like Vine already have a following, and the switch can be a hassle for established users. This leaves a large community of young users that may not migrate, until of course their friends aren’t there anymore.
Instagram video allows for uploads of a 15 second video and joins the same stream as photos.
This addition to the stream doesn’t introduce new risk, maybe just some surprise when anticipating a photo to instead see a video. However, the explore tab of Instagram has been and continues to be unsettling. Search anything you’d like and be presented with that category of photos and now videos. Preying adults and curious kids can easily cross paths by exploring Instagram.
As recommended prior to the introduction of video, be sure your child’s account is set to private.
Talk to your kids about talking to strangers. Stranger danger rules apply online the same as in person. They should not follow anyone they don’t know. And if your kids are going to post videos, talk to them about what’s appropriate. Keep in mind revealing location, school name and other personal information can be a lot easier in a video than in a photo so they need to be extra careful to avoid potentially very dangerous situations.
MamaBear Instagram notifications can inform parents when a child is tagged in a photo or video, as well as when they add a follower or are contacted by a restricted follower. In addition parents can build a restricted word list to be notified when those words are used on their child’s Instagram feed. We’ll do our part to continue to monitor Instagram video to ensure parents are up to date with new features. Parents, we rely on you to teach your kids proper use of social media.
Download the MamaBear app today to ensure your children are using Instagram appropriately.