I finally joined Instagram, and then I fell down a rabbit hold of tween social media usage. Some of what I found was innocuous, some was not.
As soon as I joined, the app used my phone's contact list to tell me who I might want to follow. Because many of my kids' friends (and their parents) are in my contact list, Instagram had plenty of recommendations for me. The vast majority of both kids and adults that I found did not have their accounts set to private. By looking at the lists of who each kid was following, or was followed by, I was able to jump around pretty easily and see the photos of tons of kids I know, and kids I don't know.
From Instagram, I fell down a rabbit hole of social media sites. The Instagram profiles link to ask.fm pages. The ask.fm pages link to Twitter. Twitter leads to Tumblr. It's a baklava of social media out there, and the layers never stop accumulating.
By searching Instagram for my kids' school, I found a group where kids submit their photos toRead More »from A Parent's Guide to Social Media: What Are Tweens and Teens Using Right Now?