App review by Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

All-in-one social app for sharing, shopping, and scrolling.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 164 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 438 reviews

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age 17+


Horrible app! Just disgusting! all the teens get depressed because they see things that are not real ! Photoshopped pics of models, semi nudes, etc . Also lot of predators, so parental care is always better. and the app is always malfunctioning. took 30 min to do ONE POST!! It just crashes my phone constantly! It gets super slowed down just when I'm about to post and then it blocks my phone completely and i lose the post! Got to do it ALL AGAIN. feel super bad for the people who live of the work for Instagram because the app is terrible full of bugs !Not to mention the Photoshop that make us all think we're worthless...Mark Zucker,u can do better than this lol ,ur algorithm works better than the app functions!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

13 at the earliest

I don’t care how many safety and parental settings they have on social media apps the kids these days can find their way around them and outsmart most parents. Instagram is fun and all, but there’s a huge distortion in reality that young children can be affected by from way too many “influencers” that post themselves doing dangerous stunts or sexualized pics of themselves, because they get paid for every click. Just let your child be a child .. not a kid that is getting their self worth from a social media app. They will imitate what they’re viewing you can guarantee that.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Arts: photography
  • Skills: Creativity: producing new content, Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, multiple forms of expression, Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 21, 2012
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Publisher: Instagram, Inc.
  • Version: 2.4.0
  • Minimum software requirements: IOS 3.1.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: January 23, 2019

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