The number one social media site teens say they'll use this summer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When asked, a group of middle school students told our Cyber Expert Theresa Payton that they'd be spending most of their time this summer on Instagram.

Theresa thought it would be a good idea to share some tips with you on how you and the kids can have a great time on Instagram while protecting your privacy and security:

6 Quick Tips to Safer Instagram Fun!

Tip #1 - Instagram has  a minimum age of 13

Tip #2 - What should I watch for

Posting any photos that might put you in a negative light - silly, unprofessional, unflattering.  Digital is forever.  Read the privacy policy often as it does change.

Tip #3 - Is there a Private Account or is everything just Public?

You should know that the public account option means anyone can follow you.

You can set up a private account so you should talk to any young Instagram users about this option.  Keep in mind your kids probably want to a "following" so they might resist this setting.  Regardless of what you choose, make sure you have a strong password for this account that you have not used on another social media account.

Tip #4 - If you have kids at home, tell them to teach you how to use Instagram by sharing an account together at first

Tip #5 - You can set each photo to the privacy control that you are comfortable with by choosing Profile and then turning on Photos are Private.  You can also turn off location sharing.  If you do turn location sharing to on for a photo, remember to turn it off afterwards for future posts.

Tip #6 - If you have a negative experience, you can report block the person's account, report it, and untag yourself in any of the photos that they post.  Instagram has an easy "Report Inappropriate" option below photos and if you need help, you can go to their Help Center.

Instagram Support:

For Parents that want more tips for their kids, click here.

Security tips from Instagram, click here.


FOMO:  This is leetspeak for the "Fear of Missing Out" usually in reference to missing something happening on social media because you are focused on other things.  For those with internet addiction disorder this can be a very difficult feeling to cope with.  However, if you want some humor on the matter, see a fake movie trailer for "FOMO - The Terrifying Social Truth" on by clicking here.

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