Is it safe for my 14-year-old to use her real name and photo on her Instagram profile?

As long as she's using privacy settings, uploading responsibly, and connecting only with people she knows, she's using Instagram safely. But Instagram posts are public by default, so you have to manually set your profile to private -- and teens should definitely do so. Going private offers a few benefits: Only people you approve can follow you, and your posts will not come up in searches. However, if your daughter shares her Instagrams on other social networks where she's not private, those posts will be viewable to her followers on those networks. So, you're right in insisting that she use strict privacy settings for all her social media accounts.

A note: Because Instagram is owned by Facebook (which requires your real name for sign-up), many users end up using their Facebook usernames for Instagram. But Instagram allows you to choose any name you'd like once you're a user -- something to consider if you and your teen want an extra layer of privacy.

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Teen, 13 years old written by Natalie_Grace_1112

yes its fine. If their account is on private it hides all posts and friends list from anyone who is not their friend. If she gets a request she can accept it if she knows the person. Anyone she does not accept cant see private information. Honestly most people nowadays do not use their picture anyway. Now that I think of it. I know someone who has their baby picture. Mine is my dog. My best friends' is of all of my friends' feet in a circle. its a perfect tumblr pic. XD . But if you think it is unsafe another one of my friend has a nickname. Her name is Autumn and she has Aud. I use my middle name. I use Natalie Grace. but my closer friends call me N8 (nate).
Adult written by MiketheTzar

First name is ok, Last name is not. It is ok if she post actual picture of herself insofar as they don't give away sensitive information; home address, schedules, or anything that you think might get her in trouble should. A picture of her name on a Starbucks cup or a snap shot of her and her friends at a football game should not raise an alarm, but a snap shot of her in front of the house saying "parents not home, house to myself" probably isn't a good idea.