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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.