Instagram – Photo & Video App Review

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Summary

Instagram is an online social media site that allows you to share personal experiences and highlights of everyday life through pictures and videos. The videos and pictures that are captured on a mobile device can be edited on Instagram’s upload page and serves a primary purpose for enhancing photos for the public.

What You Need To Know As A Parent

Instagram is a commonly used and popular app with a healthy purpose. Although the main idea of Instagram is kid-friendly and creative, there are some users who misuse it and post inappropriate things to their accounts. There is a very easy way of avoiding that though. Your news feed and home page is based off of the accounts that you choose to follow. To avoid the inappropriate accounts, the only thing you have to do is not follow them. They are not very common on Instagram unless the user searches for that specific topic or username. The social media site is easy to maneuver and entertaining to scroll through. There is an option in the account settings to make an account private, which means that in order for someone to be able to follow you, you must grant them access or denial. Instagram is very safe, sound, and secure if used the correct and create way. One important thing to know, is that when an account is public, it is open to the entire world to see.

Content Overview

This app is used by individuals worldwide to highlight the best moments of their lives. It can be used for any kind of posting, whether it be gaming, photography, social, or artwork. Typically an account is made up of the best and only the most presentable photos in someone’s photo library. The pictures that you want all your friends to see should be going on Instagram. Throughout the years, the app has heightened their cause and added new features having to do with social media. Now, they have direct messaging, which was never a feature of Instagram in the past. This was added in for protection purposes of a phone number. Because before you couldn’t direct message someone on Instagram, if that was their only social media or only way of contact, the phone number had to be given away in the comment box… and that was very dangerous for the young ones. Further improving their safety, Instagram blocks out any spam followers, or accounts that are only used for advertisement or the wrong purposes. There is a section in the settings, which is located in the top right corner of a profile, which allows you to create a bio about yourself. This 140 character limit allows you to portray whatever information you want to convey on your front page. This bio box shows up on your profile just like it would on twitter. It is STRONGLY advised to not put down any personal information about where you live or your phone number. Be careful what you search, because there are all sorts of things on “Insta,” as some people call it. The surface is clean, and the majority of the way people use the app is clean and for the right purposes, but if you dig down far enough you will find horrible accounts. But the easy way to avoid that is to not search for them. Your news feed is only what you wish it to be, it’s that simple. If at all while scrolling through the feed you find something to be rude or aggressive, there is an option to report it to Instagram, and they will overview it and decide whether or not it needs to be taken off. This is another key safety feature of the app itself and shows the dedication to keep the app as clean as they can.  

Our Opinion Of The App

We have conducted a series of surveys among high school and middle school students regarding Instagram. We asked them if there was inappropriate content, their kid-friendly rate of the app, their opinions of the app, and how they use the app. All of the young ones said that they used the app for the right purposes and enjoy seeing the highlights of peoples lives. Their kid friendly rate of the app ranged anywhere from 7-10, which deems a good fit for older children. The users tend to follow and use the app with people their age. Typically they do not range out of their specific age zone. The majority of high school students said that they never encounter bad content due to their self control on knowing what to avoid. We believe that the app is kid friendly for high school and middle school students. We advise against allowing anyone younger than 5th or 6th grade to join and make an account.

App Ratings

  • Overall “Kid Friendly” Rating 75% 75%
  • Amount of violence 30% 30%
  • Level of sexual content 25% 25%
  • Use of bad language 20% 20%

Genre

Photo & Video

 

Platforms

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

 

Publisher

Instagram, Inc.

 

Released

4/21/12

 

Age Appropriateness

Age 15+

Most information found on Instagram is found from various websites. If you are still concerned and unsure if your child should purchase this app then you can go and check out CommonSenseMedia and read their information on Instagram. If that still is not enough information for you then you can always go type exactly what your concern is about Instagram on Google.