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Instagram Help Needed

Can anyone help me understand Instagram? Specifically what pictures someone sees on their 'thread/feed/whatever-its-called'?

My daughter has Instagram and tonight my husband was scanning her account and came across some R-rated pictures. She tells me that its from someone following someone following someone, etc., and isn't one of her friends, but it shows up on her account on her iphone/ipod.

Is there any way to censor this type of stuff, or limit who she sees pictures from, or whatever? I tried researching it a bit, but can't find controls on what pictures she sees, just on who sees her pictures.

I know an obvious option is to trash her Instragram account completely, but she doesn't go to a neighborhood school and only plays on travel teams, so this is how she stays in touch with friends that she doesn't see every day or even week.

I try to stay on top of this stuff, and have a good relationship with her in talking about what's appropriate and what's not, but there is just no reason for her to even see these picks.

Thanks

created by MrsArcher on Jan 28, 2014 at 07:12:38 pm     Parenting     Comments: 12

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similar to twitter, you can have a private account or a public account on instagram.

if it's public, anyone can see it, via the instagram app, or even in a browser. For example, here is the city of Toledo's instagram account online: http://instagram.com/cityoftoledo

When you have a public account, you have to respect instagram's "terms of service" so no nude pictures etc. It doesn't have to be family friendly, but you can't post naked pictures etc. If you do, someone has to report you.

So for example, on this city of toledo image:

http://instagram.com/p/jrYy4MJs97/ if you click the "..." in the bottom right, you can "report inappropriate content"

If it's a private account, meaning you click "follow" and they click "accept new follower" you can post whatever you want.

To further all of this... anything showing up in your daughter's photo stream is stuff she's chosen to follow. So whether or not it's public or private, if it's in her stream it's because she followed ... or to use Facebook concepts, she "liked" the account. It's really the same way facebook works. You only see content in your stream (for the most part) from people you've added as friends.

This page looks a little weird, but it gives some more info for parents directly from instagram: http://help.instagram.com/154475974694511

posted by upso on Jan 28, 2014 at 07:29:36 pm     #  

anything showing up in your daughter's photo stream is stuff she's chosen to follow.

I've logged in to her account and looked at who she is following. That list does not contain the user who was posting the R-rated pics. Which tends to support her protestations that it is someone who is following someone who she follows. But if she isn't following that user, how are they showing up on her feed? The offensive pics themselves are now gone so I assume someone reported them.

We'll just keep a better eye on the account for now I guess. I'm ready to close it, but my husband is a little more lenient.

posted by MrsArcher on Jan 28, 2014 at 07:59:34 pm     #  

If they are showing up in the feed, and she isn't following them, then someone she is following them is "re-posting" them

posted by upso on Jan 28, 2014 at 08:30:30 pm     #  

No nudity? Do not explore "#kik" on Instagram...

Seriously, don't do it...some stuff can't be unseen.

posted by SensorG on Jan 28, 2014 at 09:13:20 pm     #  

upso posted at 07:30:30 PM on Jan 28, 2014:

If they are showing up in the feed, and she isn't following them, then someone she is following them is "re-posting" them

Okay, that makes sense. Thanks much. We're letting her friends' parents know as well so they can keep an eye on stuff too.

posted by MrsArcher on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:07:21 pm     #  

good luck!

posted by upso on Jan 28, 2014 at 11:00:01 pm     #  

upso, do you find it difficult to 'search' Instagram for sites/people you may want to follow? Because I do, exceedingly so.

posted by McCaskey on Jan 29, 2014 at 02:30:06 am     #  

Are you searching on your phone / app or are you searching via your browser? Personally I try to keep the same "screen name" the same across all social media platforms, but it seems like a lot of people pick random names for each product.

posted by upso on Jan 29, 2014 at 02:45:12 am     #  

SensorG posted at 08:13:20 PM on Jan 28, 2014:

No nudity? Do not explore "#kik" on Instagram...

Seriously, don't do it...some stuff can't be unseen.

...you know I'm going to go search that tag now, right?

posted by endcycle on Jan 30, 2014 at 01:40:15 pm     #  

If y'all don't mind me recommending someone you should follow (unless you already are), @benmorales takes some pretty fascinating photos, all with just an iPhone. I love his rephotography series of old buildings in Toledo. Seems like that would be something that several of you here would enjoy as well.

posted by valbee on Jan 30, 2014 at 04:10:37 pm     #  

upso posted at 01:45:12 AM on Jan 29, 2014:

Are you searching on your phone / app or are you searching via your browser? Personally I try to keep the same "screen name" the same across all social media platforms, but it seems like a lot of people pick random names for each product.

Mostly phone app. I think the search process is crazy frustrating.

posted by McCaskey on Jan 30, 2014 at 04:27:00 pm     #  

valbee posted at 03:10:37 PM on Jan 30, 2014:

If y'all don't mind me recommending someone you should follow (unless you already are), @benmorales takes some pretty fascinating photos, all with just an iPhone. I love his rephotography series of old buildings in Toledo. Seems like that would be something that several of you here would enjoy as well.

#cityoftoledo has some great morning vista shots, assume from top of Gov. Center.

posted by McCaskey on Jan 30, 2014 at 04:29:50 pm     #   1 person liked this