12 ON YOUR SIDE ALERT: Instagram Safety

Here are some tips on how you and the kids can have a great time on Instagram this summer while protecting your privacy and security:

6 Quick Tips to Safer Instagram Fun!

Tip #1 - Instagram has a minimum age of 13.

Tip #2 - What should I watch for:

Posting any photos that might put you in a negative light - silly, unprofessional, unflattering.  Digital is forever.  Read the privacy policy often as it does change.

Tip #3 - Is there a Private Account or is everything just Public?

You should know that the public account option means anyone can follow you.

You can set up a private account so you should talk to any young Instagram users about this option. Keep in mind your kids probably want to have a "following" so they might resist this setting. Regardless of what you choose, make sure you have a strong password for this account that you have not used on another social media account.

Tip #4 - If you have kids at home, tell them to teach you how to use Instagram by sharing an account together at first.

Tip #5 - You can set each photo to the privacy control that you are comfortable with by choosing Profile and then turning on Photos are Private. You can also turn off location sharing.  If you do turn location sharing to on for a photo, remember to turn it off afterwards for future posts.

Tip #6 - If you have a negative experience, you can report block the person's account, report it, and untag yourself in any of the photos that they post.  Instagram has an easy "Report Inappropriate" option below photos and if you need help, you can go to their Help Center.

Instagram Support:

For Parents that want more tips for their kids, click here.

Security tips from Instagram, click here.

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