You're probably wondering why they want Instagram. It's because all their friends have one. Do they have one? No. Let's say that their friends come over. They will always be on Instagram 24/7 then your kid will be bored half the time. Some will want one so badly they just might do it behind your back. Do you want that? No! Just give your kid a chance to prove themselves to you and know the dangers of the online world.
I'm a 12 year old boy. I have instagram. I think it's ok for kids to have as long as they are responsible. Say your on instagram and you get a comment that says "hey I really like your posts, I'm your age and I want to meet you. Where do you live" from a stranger. Most of the time it isn't a kid. It's a man pretending to be a child. They are trying to kidnap the child. So never post your address or any other personal stuff and you should be fine
You won't find trouble unless you look for it. I've had an Instagram for 3 years now and I have only seen things that are inappropriate 2 times. Even then, for a thirteen year old (which is the minimum age requirement) it wasn't that bad. You will basically only find nude photos if you look for them. You also you should make sure you only follow the people you know and make sure you know the people following you. If you do that you won't run into anything too bad.
Instagram can be a inspiration the kids who look forward into being a photographer. Kids have a lot of fun just taking photos and they could think its their own art. Instagram is just a fun way to connect with your friends. As far as I have seen Instagram hasn't been bad. If you are worried about creepy people you can block them if they ask to follow you. There is a privacy setting where only your friends can see your pictures. If you have the privacy setting Instagram is a safe place.
I think it is great that kids have Instagram! It helps them to be able to take good photos, which many do! And gives them confidence (by getting likes on the pictures) which would make them more confident and happy! If there is a problem with 'privacy' just turn the profile to private and/or parents could cast an eye over what is being posted and who is following the child!
Instagram is just a fun way to connect with your friends. As far as I have seen Instagram hasn't been bad. If you are worried about creepy people you can block them if they ask to follow you. There is a privacy setting where only your friends can see your pictures. If you have the privacy setting Instagram is a safe place.
Honestly parents its your decision, but i myself believe no harm no foul. Its obvious its the main idea of social society these days other than facebook. Yea, people dont always post appropriate things but there is blocking and people usually scroll their friends pages there is also a private button so not every one neccesarily have to view their photos. Think about it everyone in my school has instagram so do you really think its fair for your child to be socialy blocked out? Ask yourself that question and decide for yourself.
It gives a way for kids to communicate with people who they don't have in their contacts and it is a way to keep in touch with friends over the summer or see how pretty a place was that someone visited. It can boost self esteem and create new friendships
It will teach responsibility and show kids to know that inappropriate and appropriate are different things. Have adults check your photos followers and comments every Once in a while and you can also block unknown followers if you want to be extra safe. Although, Instagram can cause many social and safety issues. As long as parents monitor their children, it would be less of a decideable issue.
Instagram is a way to share how you feel and meet new people and catch up with old friends and express yourself! I think all kids should have an opertunity for all of these things! I'm not going to lie, sometimes if you don't supervise Instagram it will get out of hand and they might follow some innapropriate people if they are not responsible. But just check it every now and then like I do with my daugter and things will be great! ABSALUTLY kids should have Instagram no doubt in my mind that it is amazing for a kid to have. It's a great social network kids need to be social!
It is certainly not safe for kids under 14! I cant believe there are more votes on yes than on no! I chose NO because my parents didnt let me and like I said, THERE ARE CREEPS OUT THERE LOOKING! Creeps are mostly looking for little girls! Now I hope that there will be more people changing their minds because of what I said.
Reposting from an earlier post, "It is an issue of privacy and security. I would not want my child ending up in a dangerous situation like that. It has occurred that I have come across many explicit things that I wouldn't imagine kids would even dreaming of doing. I do not think Instagram is a good thing your child should be exposed to in the long run their can be cyberbullying and many other problems."
Also, I noticed that many of the YES votes to the left were voted by children.
Say no to Instagram! Seriously parents, you are actually letting your child(ren) use this very public site. On Instagram you can post and look at pictures of anything and everything (I'm not exaggerating). You can block television channels & websites on the internet but you cannot block the accounts they look at on Instagram (unless you hover over them every minute of their life, which isn't fun for either of you). Say no to Instagram!
Why? Children who have Instagram that are under the age of 13 shouldn't be eligible for social networking without parental supervision. Did you know the creators can (even after you delete a photo) access your account and use your photo and turn it against you? Children don't realize the consequences of giving away too much information that can affect their safety. Cyber bullying is in effect and the pictures they post may seem harmless, but in reality can lead to trouble.
As a long time user of Instagram I have seen plenty of unsuitable content for children, and by unsuitable content I mean foul language, nudity, and other foul talk. The Instagram terms and conditions clearly state that anyone under the age of 13 should not have an Instagram profile, and even then 13 is almost too young. Instagram also isn't as safe as facebook, there aren't as many privacy settings. People say that it's harmless photo sharing, but photos are shared to people all over the world. Kids aren't as smart as adults when it comes to social networking sites and aren't as cautious about who they interact with. There are plenty of predators on Instagram. I've seen many profiles of younger kids listing information such as their school, their email, their phone number, even where they live. Instagram isn't as safe as some people think it is.
Instagram can sometimes have very inappropriate stuff on it. Your child can get influenced badly if they start to use bad words. Do you rally want that? At least wait till the kid is about fourteen and matured. Then she/he will probably know what's good and bad. I hope you agree.
All of my friends have Instagram's and I don't, I miss out on a couple minor things, but not to much. The ting that really annoys me is that when I am hanging out with some of my friends they are always on there Instagram's. I get annoyed with Instagram because it has the power to suck people out of the real world and into a world that is not safe for kids.
It's a pretty terrible social network. It is frequented by idiots that think they are photographers, and the endless selfies are excruciating to see. It was briefly a good photography sharing platform, but eventually the mainstream Facebook crowd got into it... The idea isn't that bad, but a bad community makes it unusable at times.
Children under 15 should not be allowed to have Instagram. Kids of this age do not really understand the impact of posting pictures online, and the type of attention that it can attract. They also often post pictures of their friends, and will thus involve friends in unwanted attention. Despite this children should have some way of posting pictures in a secure way which is monitored by their parents.
Kids should not be allowed to have Instagram. Childhood is mainly characterized by the foundation stage. The elements of the foundation should be genuine, appropriate, and helpful. Exposing kids to Instagram may harm the healthy foundation of the children’s personality development. There is a high time for everything. Let the kids have everything on its own time.