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Old 10-03-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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7th grade DD wants Instagram. Pros/Cons? Info?

DD is almost 13 and never had Facebook. Now her peers tell her FB is not the big thing anymore...Instagram is. What do you know about it? Pros/cons? Advice? Anything?
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #2
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Too young for any social network, in my opinion. I take it that's what you're thinking too?

My kids were allowed a Facebook page once they were in HS and at first just so they could correspond with classes and teachers through group pages. (Now teachers use Edmodo or other similar websites instead of Facebook). Soon they were allowed to request friends and OK friends, but they had to actually know those people, not friends of friends and such. And their pages had to be only open to friends.

I thought Instagram was mostly for sharing photos. It's not a place where you post thoughts and happenings, etc. Or am I wrong?
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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My 13 y/o girls have it on their phone BUT it is also on my phone, same account and everything. I see what they do in real time, so far no issues. I do not allow them a FB and don't plan to in foreseeable future.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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My 7th grade dd has an instagram and I don't see anything wrong with it. I stalk her and log in as her every once in a while to keep tabs on it. She has the privacy set so that no one can follow her without her permission. She also doesn't follow anyone or let them follow her if she doesn't know them in real life.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:37 AM   #5
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DD is almost 13 and never had Facebook. Now her peers tell her FB is not the big thing anymore...Instagram is. What do you know about it? Pros/cons? Advice? Anything?
Instagram is a photo sharing, picture altering site. There is a blog there where people post their pics and comment.
http://instagram.com/

I have the "Instagram" APP on my phone.

Tumblr is one of the sites the kids are now as well.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
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My 7th grade DDs are on it. They are big One Direction fans, so they follow lots of other Directioners. They are almost all strangers to one another.

Photos are posted and commented on, so there is some room for trouble. DD12 got into it with someone about a comment she made during a conversation last summer, and everyone ended up blocking one another. Most kids don't use their real names, so it is very anonymous, like the DIS.

DDs spend a lot of time reading One Direction crap - fan fic, looking at photos, etc. They don't post many photos of themselves, and I monitor what photos they are posting.

I just allowed the girls to get Twitter. They rarely use it, though.

We are still a little ways away from allowing Facebook.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:23 AM   #7
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You are smart making them wait until the appropriate age. Social Networking is very dangerous and young minds are not equipped to handle all that comes with it.

And kuddos to the mom who has the same account logged in on her phone!! You will be able to stop something before it really begins!
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:01 PM   #8
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My 7th grade daughter is on Instagram. It's basically just a place to post pictures.
Actually, she barely even posts pictures, instead she stalks people who write One Direction fanfiction on Instagram.
I'm not sure why they write it there, but they do and she loves it.
As with everything online with my kids, because they are young, I have total access.
In fact, she signs in on my iPad, so whenever I go to open my IG, I see hers-have to log out and sign into my own. No secrets.
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My 7th grade DDs are on it. They are big One Direction fans, so they follow lots of other Directioners. They are almost all strangers to one another.

Photos are posted and commented on, so there is some room for trouble. DD12 got into it with someone about a comment she made during a conversation last summer, and everyone ended up blocking one another. Most kids don't use their real names, so it is very anonymous, like the DIS.

DDs spend a lot of time reading One Direction crap - fan fic, looking at photos, etc. They don't post many photos of themselves, and I monitor what photos they are posting.

I just allowed the girls to get Twitter. They rarely use it, though.

We are still a little ways away from allowing Facebook.
I bet our daughters are friends on IG, because this is my daughter,exactly. LOL
J/K..but stranger things have happened.
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