Is your child’s privacy protected on Instagram?

Privacy settings determine who can see the content that you post online. Despite a minimum age requirement of 13 years, there are a number of younger children with Instagram account. When the Australian Communications and Media Authority researched how children, aged 12-17, managed their privacy settings on social media, children aged 12-13 performed disturbingly WORSE than older teenagers.

  • 12-13 year olds are the LEAST likely to manage privacy settings, with only 51% having completed at least one of the privacy management actions.
  • 12-13 year olds are the LEAST likely to remove people from their followers list.
  • 22% of 12-13 years olds DO NOT KNOW what their privacy setting is.
  • Of those who do know their privacy setting, only 55% have a private account.

When you first set up an Instagram account it is set to public as default. This means that anyone can access your posts. If you would like to hide your posts, and make them only visible to approved followers, you can set your account to private.

To access the settings on your account, click the symbol in the top right corner of your page.

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When you are taken to the settings page, refer to the “Private Account” line in the Account section. If the toggle on the right is blue, your account is set to private. If the toggle is white, your account is set to public, and your posts are visible to any Instagram user.

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This is a PUBLIC account

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This is a PRIVATE account

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