Should You Let Your Teen Use Instagram? – WHS 150

Sharing photos is fun. Being able to add filters or modify them to make them look better only enhances the experience.

Instagram is one of the most active social networks among teens. Is Instagram a social network that’s safe for your teens?
should you let your teen use instagram

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What is Instagram?

Instagram is a social media network that allows users to share photos and videos with the world. Users can add fun filters and touch up their photos to make them shine.

Will Your Teens Want to Use Instagram?

Yes. Teens are very active on Instagram. There isn’t as much pressure to follow others on the social media service so teens can use the platform to see what they want to see.

Instagram is by far the most used social media outlet for my age group. Please note the verbiage there—it is the most used social media outlet. Meaning, although the most people are on Facebook, we actually post stuff on Instagram. It’s always fascinating to me to see a friend with 1500 friends on Facebook only get 25 likes on a photo yet on Instagram (where she has 800 followers) she gets 253. Read more at Medium.

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Final Verdict

Unfortunately, Instagram has a dark side. It’s very easy for teens to find porn and the app on smartphones has a built-in browser which can give teens complete, unfiltered access to the Internet.

Unless your teen has proven themselves trustworthy or you plan to closely monitor his activity, I sat avoid this one.

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