Should I let my kid use Instagram?

The reason the age minimum of many social sites and apps is 13 is because of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which protects kids from marketing come-ons. Many kids easily bypass the age restriction by simply registering with a false birth date, or they can get your permission to sign up.

We advise kids to wait until they're 13 for both safety and privacy reasons, but, if you decide to allow your kids to join, talk together about how they'll use the service and bring up any concerns either of you has. Familiarize yourself with the service -- you can sign up, too -- so you can understand what your kid is seeing and doing online. Stay involved, and help them follow these five guidelines:

  • Use privacy settings.
  • Think before you post.
  • Be respectful.
  • Call out cyberbullying if you see it.
  • Know that anything you post online can be hard to take back and can be shared and used in ways you didn't intend.
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Kid, 12 years old

I have had Instagram for about a year now and I think it is perfectley fine for anyone 10+. Instagram is a good starting social media app for younger pre teens/teens if you want to see how they can handle social media/being online. It is easy to make an account and follow them so that you can see what they are posting. My parents both have accounts and follow me to monitor my posts. I always keep my posts clean and I am careful what I post because lots of people will see what I post and I want to have a good online reputation. If you arr worried about who will be seeing you child's posts, don't be. It is easy to set your account to ptivate so that only people you accept will see your posts. From time to time I will see a post that includes bad launguage from a friend, but I tend to just ignore it and it is not a big deal, and you can always unfollow/block anyone.
Kid, 10 years old

Instagram is a social media. I guess it's ok for you and your kid to sit and see instagram together. But they shouldn't have an account until they're like 11 or 12 and up. If your kid sees anything bad or innaporpriate tell them to report it and to tell you immediately. Just don't let them see any innaporpriate users or that can make it worse. Of your kids pictures get made fun of or mocked they have the right to report that person and tell you. I sometimes look at kids game gamers instagram pages and there's nothing bad. Pictures of the game and sometimes pictures of themselves. If your child starts to bully or make fun of someone and or they're pictures look at what they done and take away your phone or their phone. Whatever they're using and ground them. It's NOT ok or fun to bully. In conculusion I think you should wait till your kids are a little bit older to let them use instagram.
Teen, 14 years old written by battlefield_slaya

Anyone in 5th grade and older should be able to have an instagram. The only nudity/pornographic material I've ever seen on instagram are on certain hashtags, and I don't know anyone that just randomly searched through hashtags. Also, no one I know on instagram would EVER post any nude pics. The only bad thing I've seen that one of my friends posted was a picture of weed, but I just know it's morally wrong--and so will any kid that went to health class. Don't get me wrong, I don't care if people use Marijuana, but you should only do it if you're in your 20's when your brain is fully developed and only in moderation. As for violence, haven't seen any. Honestly, most kids in 5th grade and up have this app, and really, they should be fine as long as you set their profile to private. They're not going to go out following random strangers, or see any porn. Trust your kid.
Teen, 13 years old written by PinkieParty2000

I don't think your kid should be on instagram there are a lot of inappropriate pics on there I didn't join until I was 13
Teen, 15 years old written by xxsidsidxx

If you can't always see what they are doing (that means every second ) Then No Don't think that if you create an account and just check from there you need to actuly be with theam On insta followers and sometimes public can only see what they like not what they look at Then you would also want your child to have an privet account where they accept to people they know Be honest I'm pretty sure you don't want your child being able to viewed by anyone If she is public then it could be a 5 year old looking at her photos or an 50 year old That is the thing At the end of the day you can't turn to internet for answers Its your choice
Adult written by Mama Bear

Instagram isn't just what your kids post. It's also what they're viewing on Instagram. There is a lot of inappropriate/pornographic content there that kids should not be exposed to and there is no way for parents to know what their kids have been viewing.
Kid, 12 years old

Well, I understand your reasoning. My Parents let me use an Instagram at age 11. They set a Code of Conduct and Guidelines.
Teen, 13 years old written by gmvyoshi

Instagram is not for kids. Anyone can post anything and comment anything. ANYTHING. People can post fully nude or pornographic photos whenever they feel like. Believe me, I've seen it on there. However, you can "report" the photo for any reason and it is sent to the Instagram Help Center," but there's no promise they'll do anything about it. In comments and even on posts, users can put explicit or sexual language and they can say anything they want in general. Be careful. Because, once kids see things like this, they'll think it's okay to talk and act this way. And I'm pretty sure no parent wants that for their kid.
Teen, 14 years old written by A.Critical.Character

Not until they are 13. There can be some very mature stuff on instagram that kids 12 and under just should not be exposed to. Just let them wait. They may say "oh but all my friends have it" or "I can handle it" but just don't let them. They will enjoy it so much more when they are old enough to handle the responsiblity. I'm glad my parents made me wait. You would not believe how many young children their are in the comment section of pictures just talking about things they do not have a clue about and giving away personal info willy nilly.