In case you missed the memo, or didn’t hear the grumblings or sighs of indignation from a nearby teen, I’m here to let you know that Instagram has added a new feature called “Stories”. This new Instagram feature allows you to share photos and videos within Instagram that disappear after 24 hours. Sound familiar? Instagram Stories are basically a copycat of a Snapchat feature called – you guessed it – Stories. Here are the basics of Instagram Stories, along with some privacy tips.
Here are instructions and reviews of social media sites and apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, along with general social media advice.
I recently finished reading “American Girls: Social media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” by Nancy Jo Sales. Sales, a journalist and mother of a teenage girl herself, spent over two years traveling the country to speak with over 200 girls ages thirteen to nineteen about their lives. And a big portion of teenage girls’ lives right now includes social media. Some might say their lives are lived ON social media. The book offers an insight into their lives and minds, and how social media is having an impact on their self-esteem, confidence, mental health, and relationships.
While it did take me a while to get through the book, I am glad I read it.
You may be wondering, what the heck is a “finsta”? No, it’s not the latest new app. Finsta refers to a fake Instagram account. Just add “F” to “Instagram” for “Finstagram” and shorten that to “Finsta”.
A finsta is a second Instagram account created for sharing with a smaller circle of followers. A finsta is usually a private Instagram account. While a teen’s primary account might also be private, a finsta is intended to be viewed by close friends only. Only your BFF’s, your baes. (I can imagine my teen daughter cringing as she reads this – if she reads this!)
Ever see those posts on Facebook that urge you to “share this to save it on your wall so you can find it later? Well that is one way to save it for later so you can find that recipe or funny video or article that you don’t have time for at the moment. Of course when you share, all your friends are seeing that post too. And that’s fine, as long as you don’t mind all your friends knowing what you want to cook or watch or read. But did you know there’s an easier, more private way? Here’s how to use the “Save” feature on Facebook.
We all have those friends – the ones that post status updates continuously throughout the day, overwhelming your news feed with pictures of their breakfast croissant, pictures of their dogs, their grocery list, and the latest viral videos. You like this friend and want to stay in touch, but you’re just not interested in every single detail of their daily life.
Here’s an updated method for keeping someone’s updates off your news feed.
Earlier this year I read It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd. boyd (she uses lower case) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft. Her research examines the intersection between technology and society. Over the course of 10 years she interviewed over 100 teens, gathering data to better understand teenage behavior in our social media landscape. Some of her findings surprised me.
Here are my very unscientific and unofficial rules for following your tween/teen on Instagram without coming across as too “stalk-y”. These rules (or guidelines really) are what seem to work for me!
A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are. Well, Facebook does too. “Nearby Friends” on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you’re nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available. Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.
I’ve mentioned a few ways you can keep tabs with what your child is sharing on Instagram – a wise idea to help them navigate the social media waters. And yes, Instagram is a social network. Parents should be aware of Instagram Direct, a feature that allows you to share photos and videos with a select group within the Instagram app, instead of all your followers.
The methods that you can use to view your child’s Instagram activity are NOT going to show you their Instagram Direct activity.
If you’re new to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you may have heard of “tagging” but are not really sure what it means. Simply put, tagging identifies someone else in a post, photo or status update that you share. A tag may also notify that person that you have mentioned them or referred to them in a post or a photo, and provide a link back to their profile.