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Gina Badalaty is a lifestyle blogger for moms raising kids with special needs. She is passionate about living a nontoxic life, inclusion for kids with disabilities and technology to help kids thrive.
Dec 03, 2017
With the popularity of its Stories functionality, Instagram more closely resembles Snapchat. Up until now, Instagram had been a venue dedicated to flawless photos of landscape portraits, fashion shoots and fancy food shots. Users with the best images were the most popular, discouraging the use of everyday images.
Instagram Stories changes all of that by encouraging people to post a realistic snapshot of their everyday lives – and to post frequently. That allows users to be more interactive on Instagram.
What does this mean for your kids? Here are the pros and cons that parents need to know about Instagram Stories:
Anyone over 13 can now use Instagram Stories to share their life in a judgment free setting. However, these new abilities come with risks as well. If your child wants to use Instagram, make sure she understands those risks and takes extra care to be safe with these changes. It is never too late to set up boundaries for how your child uses social media. Consider creating a family contract on house rules for digital device usage. If you use parental controls like Net Nanny parental controls like Net Nanny combined with a digital contract your family will have the right tools in place to help keep your family safe online and when using an app.