Instagram

Risk Score
Medium - High

App Details

Instagram is an app where the user can share personal photos and videos to friends, family and the larger online community. The user can also direct message, share stories, create live videos, and follow celebrities and companies for the latest gossip or news.

Why is it a risk?

As with many social networking sites there is a real potential for users on Instagram to stumble upon inappropriate content: such as violence, hatred and bullying, mature sexual themes, pornography and sexual imagery. The user's profile information, images, location details and phone number are available to view by strangers in the public arena, unless privacy restrictions are correctly applied. Instagram has raised concerns in relation to predators using fake profiles to gain access to users' pictures and information - so it is important to teach your child that people may not be who they say they are online. Further, there is a concern that the superficial nature of Instagram (filtered images portraying idealised lifestyles) can lead to low self esteem and depression for vulnerable users.

29.9.2019 Rise of the Playground Money Launderers, Times article (paywall) here.

9.7.2019 Instagram is taking cyberbullying seriously, introduces 'shadow ban' here.

20.6.2019 We were alerted to this article today which was published 14th June and which explains how children's personal contact details can be displayed publicly and used to contact themn outside of Instagram.

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