My Case For Allowing Instagram As A Parent – Part III

Instagram: To Allow, Or Not Allow? That Is The Question We Parents Face

girl holding frog instagram
   photo credit: misspixels via photo pin cc

After I gave a brief Introduction to Instagram in Part I of this series and then let you in on 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Instagram in Part II, this is the third and final part to this Instagram series for parents where I actually make a case for allowing Instagram.

Here, you find out why I am actually throwing caution to the wind and ALLOWING my daughter to use Instagram as a tween.

Why I’m Allowing My Child To Use Instagram Anyway

  • Even though we talk every night, as her follower, I get to know her in a different way.
  • I know what she’s doing – which is innocent and cool.
  • I am seeing her use it to express herself creatively – she thinks super creatively and out of the box on how to present her photos. Taking four pictures of friends and grouping all like photos into one photo or taking a video and using stop motion to capture an action shot. I’m amazed at her creative genius; this alone is worth it to me. Yes, she may see inappropriate things, but she’ll see and hear those things at school or on the internet anyway, so I don’t care. The creative aspect of capturing just the right moment seems to be a social challenge the kids have accepted.
  • She connects with her friends near and far. I know most parents don’t get it; they think that texting and face-timing isn’t really connecting, but they are missing something. Our children are connecting in ways we never got to. They are connecting with more people on a social basic level than we ever did at that age and connecting to friends in a real way. Yes, I’m a “cybermom;” I live and work in the cyber world. So I do see things differently. Granted, it doesn’t take the place of face to face, but that can’t always be.
  • I trust her.


Letter to my Tween

You can only use this service if your photos are private and you understand your comments on friend photos are public. Know that anything you post could be broadcast for the entire WORLD to see at anytime (thanks to print screen), so NOTHING is private. Sex Offenders, yup – I know you hate it when I talk about this stuff, but it’s true and therefore our WORST nightmare. Sex Offenders are on Instagram – don’t let anyone follow you unless you know them personally. Sex offenders can even pretend to be a friend, taking their photos and their identities, so get VERBAL confirmation when meeting someone. Bullying, it happens and on Social Networks like Instagram, too. I’m not going to make you get off Instagram for this as long as you agree to tell me when it happens. Obviously, don’t share your photo location. And if you don’t allow me to follow you or to check your phone, you will NOT be on Instagram. It’s not a right; it’s a privilege.

So there you have, it — my personal notes and opinions on Instagram and why I allow it for my tween (with clearly established rules). Feel free to share in the comments below why you do or don’t allow Instagram for your child!

See also:
Personal Note To Parents About Instagram – Part I
10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Instagram – Part II

P.S.  You may of heard that as of January 16, 2013 Instagram’s privacy policy was going to change with Instagram claiming the rights to any photos posted on Instagram which means they could have sold your photos! This caused an outrage within their community! Great News, Instagram backed down: Privacy Settings are back and they don’t own your photos or posts!

About Sara Mannix

Sara Mannix is the CEO of Mannix Marketing, Inc., a Digital Marketing Agency headquartered in Glens Falls, NY. She founded Mannix Marketing in 1996 with a goal to get clients "found" on the web through organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The company now serves over 1500 clients worldwide and employs a team of nearly 30 specialists, still operating under the tagline "We Get You Found On The Web." This multifaceted company is an industry leader, specializing in organic SEO, Conversion Rate Optimization, SEO-friendly Website Design, Online Advertising, Social Media and more. Mannix Marketing also has one of the largest portfolios of tourism and city guides in Upstate New York. These guides, which include Albany.com, Saratoga.com, LakeGeorge.com, GlensFallsRegion.com, CliftonPark.com and Adirondack.net, reach over 10 million visitors a year. Corresponding social media profiles for the region extend this reach to millions more on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and more.