Monday, July 8, 2013

Tips for Safer Instagramming

Instagram - it’s hot and according to WBTV’s cyber expert, Theresa Payton, when she asked middle school kids - boys and girls - what they will use the most on their school break they answered Instagram.  Surprised?  So were we so we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips with you on how you and the kids can have a great time on Instagram while protecting your privacy and security.  

Who doesn’t love Instagram?  You can take, share, comment, and even spruce up your photos.  It’s easy, free and fun!  But there are a few tips that can make your experience even more fun while protecting the privacy and security of your loved ones.  

Some Quick Tips for Safer Instagramming Fun!

Tip #1 - Instagram has  a minimum age of 13

However, it doesn’t ask you to specify your age.   

Tip #2 - What should I watch for

Posting any photos that might put you in a negative light - silly, unprofessional, unflattering.  Digital is forever.  Read the privacy policy often as it does change.   

Tip #3 - Is there a Private Account or is everything just Public?

You should know that the public account option means anyone can follow you.
You can set up a private account so you should talk to any young Instagram users about this option.  Keep in mind your kids probably want to a “following” so they might resist this setting.  Regardless of what you choose, make sure you have a strong password for this account that you have not used on another social media account.

Tip #4 - If you have kids at home, tell them to teach you how to use Instagram by sharing an account together at first

Tip #5 - You can set each photo to the privacy control that you are comfortable with by choosing Profile and then turning on Photos are Private.  You can also turn off location sharing.  If you do turn location sharing to on for a photo, remember to turn it off afterwards for future posts.  

Tip #6 - If you have a negative experience, you can report block the person’s account, report it, and untag yourself in any of the photos that they post.  Instagram has an easy “Report Inappropriate” option below photos and if you need help, you can go to their Help Center.  

Instagram has VERY helpful tips for those that want to understand their privacy and security options a little better.  They also have a support section dedicated to parents that want to know more about how to protect their kids on Instagram.

FOMO:  This is leetspeak for the “Fear of Missing Out” usually in reference to missing something happening on social media because you are focused on other things.  For those with internet addiction disorder this can be a very difficult feeling to cope with.  However, if you want some humor on the matter, can see a fake movie trailer for “FOMO - The Terrifying Social Truth” on at

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