A parent’s guide to Instagram

The popular social media platform, Instagram, has just published a guide for parents, according to the principal of Narara Public School, Mr Dave Stitt.

“It’s hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use,” Mr Stitt said. “Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for schoolaged children at the moment,” he said. Instagram is a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 and over.

“There’s no age verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. “Instagram say they’ll remove under-age users’ accounts if they are reported. “Instagram has just published ‘A Parent’s Guide to Instagram’ and it is a great place to start if you want to know more about how it works and how it can be used safely.

“The simplest way to stay informed is to ask your child what apps and social media they know about and ask them to show you how they work. “It’s a good, nonthreatening approach because kids and teens fi nd out about new apps, games and social networks long before we do, and even less chatty teens tend to enjoy the chance to share their expertise. “You’ll narrow your focus down to only those social networks and apps your kids use. “It opens up the conversation about social media tools and their social life in general. “If you ask your child to show you how to ‘block’ other users, ‘report’ abuse, ‘delete’ their own posts and change their privacy settings, you’ll learn how it’s done, but you’ll also know they’re able to use those options if they need to,” Mr Stitt said.

Newsletter, Feb 8, 2016 Dave Stitt, Narara Public School