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  1. Johanne Brownrigg says

    Super stuff. I’m sharing on Facebook and Twitter, though I’m still a student of Twitter. Thank you. I especially needed the guidance for our 12 yr old son who has an IPod. Now there is some technological progress for you. Ours just plays music. His is a bloody computer!

  2. nicola says

    hi, I think I get it?! How can photos/messages be prevented from being sent to my daughter? It appears the privacy setting restricts what she shares but not what is shared with her? If someone send her a message/photo can she just look at it even if it may be inappropriate? Thanks

  3. Stephanie says

    Thanks for the info ! Do you know if there is a way to view the just comments made by my child on Instagram without having to scroll through the hundreds of liked pictures and all of the comments attached ?

  4. Katie says

    My question is this: my kids have instagram, but i want to block it where ALL they can see if the news feed of there friends. I dont want them to be able to search for stuff, or search thru hashtags. Is there any way to do that?

    • Jean says

      Hi Katie, within the app I don’t think there is a way to do that. You could somewhat control it by only allowing access to Instagram from a web browser instead of the app. From there you don’t have the “Explore” page or a way to search, you only really see the feed of your friend’s photos. However you can’t share your own from this interface, so it’s fairly limited.

  5. annie says

    I have a question. I keep my instagram privacy but if i tag someone’s name (who does not follow me) at the photo, is it possible for her to see that photo?

    • Jean says

      Hi annie, great question. Found this on Instagram help: “If your photos are public, anyone can see the photo and the person you tagged will get a notification. If your photos are private, only people following you can see the photo. The person you tag in the photo will get a notification if they’re following you.”

  6. Jacque says

    Scenario 2 people who are following each other have private settings. A 3rd person does not have a private setting and is following only 1 of the two. Can this person see the comments of both people even though she is following one? I hope this makes since;)
    Thank you!

    • Jean says

      Hi Jacque,
      I am not 100% sure on that one and it also might depend if you are referring to comments on a regular post vs. comments on a direct message in Instagram. I am thinking that yes, the person would be able to the comment of both people, even the one she is not following.

    • Jean says

      Hi Alison, from what I understand that usually means a significant date, often the start of a new relationship. I double checked this with the teen instagram user who lives in my house!

    • Jean says

      Hi jason,
      There are no restrictions or content controls within Instagram. So if your child is using Instagram they will have the same access to public profiles that anyone else has who uses the app. There is an “explore” tab that anyone who uses Instagram can access, and although they are unlikely to feature anything pornographic, you may want to take a look at it yourself to see the kinds of things that might be shared. I don’t think it’s too easy to simply stumble upon porn in Instagram unless you follow those types of profiles or happen to be searching for them using hashtags. You might also want to look at tools like VISR or uKnowKids or products like them that let you monitor what your child is seeing and interacting with on Instagram and other social media sites.

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