The problems of parental control often boil down to banal ignorance. Instagram understands this, and with the help of a group of specialists from various organizations, where they deal with children, they made a detailed guide to using the application.
If you are a confident user of Instagram, then inside you will find absolutely nothing new, since the instruction is intended only for those who with the application is completely unfamiliar. Throughout the page, the social network leads parents “by the hand” and tells in detail what Instagram is all about, why it is needed and how people use it.
In the first paragraph, Instagram talks about privacy. Parents are shown how to make the account private and how to block an unwanted user.
A separate unit is dedicated to content control. The manual describes the detailed process of uploading photos, deleting comments, submitting complaints and activating filters.
Probably, our parents will be very interested in the item describing the time management. Instagram clearly does not say how much it is possible and impossible for a child to spend time in a social network, but it shows how to limit it: disable the pushes and set a daily limit.
The last point Instagram devoted to the beginning of a conversation with the child. The company made 10 questions to help parents learn what exactly their child does in the application:
- What do you like about Instagram?
- What do I need to know about Instagram?
- Recommend me 5 accounts that you like in Instagram.
- What do you think about before publishing something?
- Do you have multiple accounts? What do you show them?
- How like likes and comments affect your attitude to publication?
- What do you know about your subscribers? How do you act when a stranger tries to contact you?
- How do you feel about the amount of time spent on the Internet?
- Have you ever felt uncomfortable after seeing something on the Internet?
- What will you do if you see that someone is being bullied on Instagram?
At the end of the page, Instagram advised parents to see six accounts of famous designers in the West, athletes, bloggers, and musicians. Stossel believes that with these people, children can take an example.
How effective is this method? If a person does not know what Instagram is, then social networks need to prioritize carefully: a person will not go to this site if he has no idea what it is all about. Perhaps you need to post a link to this page on some parent forums or somewhere else.
In the education of children, this can help. But since publications like The Verge and CNET have already published news with this instruction, the children will know in advance what they are trying to talk about. However, Instagram showed how to set up the account, and then they will sort it out.