My teen's friends post really suggestive photos on their Instagram accounts. Should I do something about it?

This is a trend that we'll be happy to see go away. Posting suggestive photos is risky, especially on social media sites where anyone can follow you. But it also signifies how kids see themselves and how they want others to see them. Teens may notice that the sexier the selfie, the more likes and followers they'll get.

If the friends' profiles are really revealing and public (meaning they haven't set privacy settings), you might consider mentioning this to the kids' parents. You also want to make sure your own teen doesn't follow suit. Talk to your kids about the validation they get from their peers and how their self-image should never be defined solely by their looks.

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Adult written by Manish A.

I mean if no perv or sexual predator is stalking your child, then it is ok. I follow this rule, no cleavage no chlamydia.
Teen, 13 years old written by MusicalTeenager

Why is it stupid? It seems like the best thing to do. Aren't you aware of the things in the world? The strangers? How would you be angered? Just because we tattled? EDIT: This was to the 16-year-old who posted last month.
Teen, 14 years old written by nadiathoughts

some people are empowered by their sexuality, and if their parents seem to be ok, you should leave it. If you want to block that off for your own children, whatever, but leave everyone else alone
Teen, 14 years old written by ProfessorBacon

Be sure to talk to your teen about this, and for him/her to know that that's something thats not ok. If over the edge, you may want to contact your teen's friend's parents in case they are not aware.