What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Instagram is a popular platform for instantly enhancing photos and videos with cool effects and sharing them across a number of social media platforms. The terms specify that users should be at least 13 years old and should not post partially nude or sexually suggestive photos but do not prohibit the portrayal of violence, swear words, or drugs. Users can flag photos for review, but mature content still appears in some photos and in the comment sections. Photos shared in Instagram are public and may have location information unless privacy settings are adjusted. Instagram Direct allows users to send private photos directly to other users. Tinder users can access other Tinder users' Instagram feeds directly from within the Tinder app, even on private Instagram feeds if Tinder integration is enabled.
What's it about?
All users can view popular photos and videos shared by other users on INSTAGRAM. Users who create logins also can share their own photos and 60-second videos. After taking or choosing a photo, you can modify the lighting, contrast, and color with preset effects, which usually make the photo look high-quality and interesting. You also can add a border, blur effects, and brightness. Users then add a caption, share the photo on Instagram and, if desired, via email or other social networks. @music is a feature that allows musicians to share photos and videos specifically related to their bands or performances, which may give rise to more focused content. Photos and videos are public by default, but you can choose to make your posts private in settings, as well as choose to share photos and videos with 15 or fewer friends via Instagram Direct. Similar to Snapchat, Instagram offers "Stories" which is a series of photos or videos strung together and only lasts 24 hours.
Is it any good?
This social network offers the cool photo effects of Hipstamatic powerfully combined with the social seduction of Facebook, the popularity filter of Reddit, the hashtag and follower sharing models of Twitter, and the curse and blessing of commentary on YouTube -- and that's just within the app. Instagram makes your photos and videos look cool and then makes it easy to share them instantly, across multiple platforms, allowing you to broadcast how #awesome your life is right now. The competition for cool can get a little tiresome (the comments are full of users seeking followers), and we'd love to see more moderation for photos and comments to be totally safe for kids. As with any social network, it's helpful to talk to kids about privacy settings and mindful sharing, since things shared on the Internet can follow you forever. Overall, Instagram does a remarkable job of implementing a neat idea with an easy and fast interface, all for free.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to be smart about what and how they share online. We have some great tips on safety and being a good digital citizen.
Check out photography books from the library for kids who want to learn more about lighting, mood, and so on.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Skills:||Creativity: producing new content |
Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
|Release date:||April 21, 2012|
|Category:||Photo & Video|
|Minimum software requirements:||IOS 3.1.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up|