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.
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!)
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!
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.
Instagram just introduced Instagram Direct, which is a way to send pictures or videos privately on Instagram. This is a welcome feature, but with any new feature, there may be questions: Can I share with someone who I am not following? Can someone I am not following share with me? I thought this would be a good time for a quick Instagram primer for parents who don’t use Instagram but want to understand how it works. I’ll highlight the areas that parents will want to pay attention to.
Instagram has added video, just a few short weeks after I wrote about the video sharing app Vine. Guess the folks at Instagram saw some of their app market share shrinking and needed to jump on the video bandwagon. Or maybe this had been their plan all along. Either way, what does this mean for parents of Instagrammers?
Instagram introduced web profiles on their website. The same information available on an Instagram user’s account – name, username, description, and photos – are available on the internet for all to see. Learn how make sure your child’s information stays private on Instagram’s website.
Instagram is an app that makes your photos and videos look better. It was already popular when Facebook bought it. Now it’s more popular than ever and if you have kids, you should have this on your radar.