The site says it will not accept a profile unless the user is 13 or older and that users 13 to 17 can’t chat or share photos with users older than 17 — but there’s no age-verification process.Most concerning is the ability that girls (and boys) have to self-objectify themselves by posting their picture for boys and men to rate as “hot” or “not” (Conway, 2016).
It has become a location for microblogging and is full of accounts that are linked to porn sites and porn stars.
Many kids are also creating fake accounts, called “finstagrams.” Sometimes these are simply accounts used for one’s closest friends, but they are also highly used as a means of hiding an account(s) from Mom and Dad.
It also helps to know who they are friends with and also get comfortable with the privacy settings of each platform.
Fun and creative way to capture, edit and share photos, videos and messages with friends and family.
The imagery–mostly provided by the users– is highly sexualized and sexual messages or sexts are requested quickly into introductions.