Facebook has confirmed plans to create an Instagram for kids ages 6-12. We don’t have all the details yet, but we definitely see at least 3 red flags!
Instagram for kids is not developmentally age-appropriate Social media is the last thing young kids and their growing brains need. While it’s an awesome tool with many benefits, we’ve got to consider all the negative outcomes.… Read More 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 I’ve been on the front lines for a long time, but my soul is always rocked by the desperate pleas from parents calling in seeking advice because their child has engaged in harmful sexual behavior. Behavior that has often been fueled by pornography. Note: This is Part 2 of a series. You can find Part 1 here.
Real life stories I’ve heard from Dads like “Matt”, who told me that his 12-year-old high functioning son who is on the autism spectrum was sitting in their local juvenile detention.… Read More