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.
February is Data Privacy month. Are you protecting your data online? Are your kids aware of the data they share every day when using apps and social media? Take this short quiz and see how you’re doing. Have your kids take the quiz too! Then learn about your rights as a parent regarding what companies can do with your children’s data.
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!
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.
This isn’t an article warning of the dangers of using Ask.fm; you can find that online already. I wanted to offer some advice to parents whose teens already use this service. If you read some of the articles on the web and say “no way!” that is totally understandable! These are simply suggestions for settings to use if you should decide it’s okay for your teen to continue with ask.fm. As a parent you know your kids best and set the rules you are comfortable with.
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?
[Updated for iOS 6] Learn how to turn off Location Services on the iPod touch, iPad and iPhone. Prevent your kids from sharing their location on Instagram, Facebook and other apps. Then prevent them from changing the savings.