Instagram is making an effort to create a safer space for its users–especially for youth! Earlier this summer we warned you about how Instagram is a popular tool for child predators and sex traffickers. We’ve also shared with you the dark side of Instagram–Instaporn. Our friends at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation have been working hard on these issues through their #wakeupinstagram campaign. … Read More It’s no secret that there’s been a rise in online child sexual exploitation during this pandemic. Combine that with summertime and there’s simply more time and opportunity for kids to be online. That extra time online also means that your children can be targeted by highly organized sex traffickers.
A father’s warning to other parents about Instagram A father in Michigan wrote a harrowing experience about uncovering a sex trafficking plot in his daughter’s Instagram account.… Read More Instagram users are growing exponentially, but there’s a dark side–which is why it’s often called Instaporn! The question parents are asking is a good one: Is Instagram safe for kids? Instagram has become “the most popular social media platform with tweens (ages 8-12) and teens (ages 13-18), with no signs of a slow-down.”
Instagram currently has 700 million monthly users and 300 million weekly users.… Read More In less than five years, Instagram has gone from “that picture app” to become the most popular social media platform with tweens (ages 8-12) and teens (ages 13-18), with no signs of a slow-down.
In September 2015, Instagram reached 400 million users, with over 75% of its user base living outside of the U.S. It is the doorway social media experience for most young people, making it critical that parents have a keen understanding of its uses and risks.… Read More Recently I had the opportunity to interview Russ Tuttle of The Stop Trafficking Project. Watch our interview or read the transcript below. Note: The transcription of this interview has been edited for clarity. Kristen: Hi everyone! It’s Kristen Jenson from Protect Young Minds and today we have a really special guest. It’s Russ Tuttle. He has started a non-profit. I’m going to let him tell you about it, but it’s to help kids who are being trafficked.… Read More