Instagram is guilt-tripping parents by claiming children will be bullied if they don’t use the app

Instagram has claimed it is safer for children to be connected to the social media application than not in a desperate ploy to win over uneasy parents.

The popular photo-sharing application has provided localised ‘tips for parents’ packages that are partnered with safety organisations.

In collaboration with Headspace, the Australian package says: ‘Wise use is better than no use.’  

Instagram claims it is safer for children to be connected to the social media application in a 'tips for parents' package (stock image)

Instagram claims it is safer for children to be connected to the social media application in a 'tips for parents' package (stock image)

Instagram claims it is safer for children to be connected to the social media application in a ‘tips for parents’ package (stock image)

In collaboration with Headspace, the Australian package says: 'wise use is better than no use' (pictured)

In collaboration with Headspace, the Australian package says: 'wise use is better than no use' (pictured)

In collaboration with Headspace, the Australian package says: ‘wise use is better than no use’ (pictured)

Instagram claims young people who are banned from social media are likely to experience bullying.  

‘There’s a risk of social marginalisation for kids who are not allowed to socialise in this way that’s now so embedded in their social lives,’ the tips reads.

The package identifies the risks children can face on Instagram including bullying or the sharing of inappropriate photos or videos that could hurt a child’s reputation.

The application claims kids ‘can learn to manage these risks’ and calls on parents to ensure young people are well-equipped.  

‘While most kids are smart about this, it doesn’t hurt for parents to be sure kids aren’t posting provocative images or having inappropriate interactions with people they don’t know,’ Instagram said.

The minimum age for Instagram is 13 but the application doesn’t ask children to specify their age, suggesting that kids younger than 13 are on the application.

The social media application claims that kids can learn to manage the risks of online bullying (pictured)

The social media application claims that kids can learn to manage the risks of online bullying (pictured)

The social media application claims that kids can learn to manage the risks of online bullying (pictured)

Instagram said it would delete accounts of children who are younger than 13 if notified but claims age doesn’t necessarily affect the safety of the application.

‘Whether Instagram is ‘safe’ depends more on how it’s used than on the age of the user,’ the package said. 

‘How positive or negative a young person’s experience is on Instagram or anywhere online depends as much on the person and his or her friends as on the app.’

The package discusses whether the privacy settings of Instagram and acknowledges that many parents make sure a child’s account is switched to private.

Instagram, however, recognises that young people are increasingly excited by Instagram fame and a lot of followers. 

Instagram claims young people who are banned from social media are likely to experience bullying. 'There's a risk of social marginalisation for kids who are not allowed to socialise in this way that's now so embedded in their social lives,' the tips reads (stock image)

Instagram claims young people who are banned from social media are likely to experience bullying. 'There's a risk of social marginalisation for kids who are not allowed to socialise in this way that's now so embedded in their social lives,' the tips reads (stock image)

Instagram claims young people who are banned from social media are likely to experience bullying. ‘There’s a risk of social marginalisation for kids who are not allowed to socialise in this way that’s now so embedded in their social lives,’ the tips reads (stock image)

'This guide is an ideal way for parents to better understand how Instagram works so they can have constructive and meaningful conversations with their young person about privacy and appropriate behaviours'

'This guide is an ideal way for parents to better understand how Instagram works so they can have constructive and meaningful conversations with their young person about privacy and appropriate behaviours'

‘This guide is an ideal way for parents to better understand how Instagram works so they can have constructive and meaningful conversations with their young person about privacy and appropriate behaviours’

‘For many kids, part of the fun of Instagram is developing a big following.’

Parents are urged to remember that children can still appear on the application even if they’re on a social media ban as they can appear in photos posted by friends.

Instagram argues the service is an extension of young people’s ‘real world’ social lives but hasn’t overtaken the real deal. 

‘As socialising gets more mobile, no single service, app or tool covers all digital social activities or even a single category, but research shows that socialising face-to-face is still the main event to teens,’ the package said.  

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