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Dear Parents – why is your child on Instagram…?

Dear Parents of Under 13 Year Old Children With Instagram Accounts,

Are you okay with your child lying? I guess you are.
If they will lie about their date of birth for social media when they are 8-12 years old, what about drinking alcohol when they are 13 to 17 years old? (Alcohol is just one example)

Are you okay with your child searching for, and looking at, porn, sex, drugs, alcohol and stupid or dangerous behaviour? I guess you are.
A simple search can show images of ALL these things. Instagram cannot police everyone, every minute, of every day – no matter how many people report inappropriate content.

There is no reasonable explanation for allowing your children to have Instagram if they are under 13. You are kidding yourself and on some level you are cheating them out of a childhood.

I know a lot of parents who have flat-out told me ‘it’s just too hard to watch everything they do online’. I consider that lazy parenting. Have you at least read the Instagram Tips for Parents section..? If you cannot be bothered clicking on that link – here’s some of what they have to say to parents:

“We encourage parents to exercise any discretion they can on their own phones and in overseeing their child’s internet use.

I’ve considered every possible response that I will receive to this, and in advance, here is my response.

Lying is lying. And you just can’t UNsee some things.

Respectfully yours,

An Adult Instagrammer

(I manage 2 personal accounts and 1 business account on Instagram. Previously I managed an Instagram account for a client)


2 thoughts on “Dear Parents – why is your child on Instagram…?

  1. Well said Nicole. This is such an important issue. It is so true that what is seen cannot be UNseen.

    Posted by alexcellent2012 | July 28, 2014, 10:53 am
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    Posted by dj paine | July 26, 2014, 6:56 pm
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