6 essential settings to protect your child

Instagram does not provide true parental controls. But the absence of this mode does not mean that it is not possible to configure an Instagram profile to be safer for your child. Here are six of the most important recommendations to follow.

The fight against school bullying is at the heart of the news at the end of November 2021. With the development of digital technology, this phenomenon has long since spread outside schools to spill over onto social networks – unfortunately not leaving , more respite for young people who are victims. But there are tools, more or less elaborate, to limit the nuisances.

Parental controls on Instagram: there are a few solutions

On Instagram, there is no parental control over which a father or mother could have remote control of their child’s account. However, this hole in the racket can be partly blocked by implementing several options on the profile of his offspring, provided of course to have access to it – which supposes to discuss with him and to convince him of the interest to activate some parameters.

The following recommendations do indeed suffer from a limit: if it is a teenager, it will be difficult to access their smartphone and then their Instagram profile to apply the settings that you deem useful for their good. to be. In the absence of remote control, he or she is able to later access these same settings to override them. Including it in this process will therefore facilitate its acceptability.

What about a small child? We could obviously advise against putting a smartphone in their hands (and, then, strongly advise against using Instagram for very young people). But it is not so much this question that we seek to resolve here: what it is about is to manage the current situation.

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There are many settings in Instagram that help protect an account on different levels. The following tips are those which, once followed, last over time and appear to be the most interesting to implement. This avoids having to regularly pick up your child’s smartphone to act, for example to block a particular profile – which is a one-off intervention.

All these recommendations are avenues, which it may be wise to supplement by discussions with your child, but also a learning process to show him how to block an account or remove a comment. And while these tools may be insufficient in certain circumstances, it is good to know them and activate them even if they are not the panacea.

How to make your Instagram account private

By setting up an account in private, only Internet users who are subscribed to it can see the photos and videos. The others who are not and who wish to see this content must make an addition request to appear in the contact list, which it is possible to refuse.

If your child has a public account, you can fix this by going to settings:

  • Launch the app and tap on their avatar icon;
  • Press the menu at the top right, symbolized by three bars;
  • Press “Settings” then “Confidentiality”;
  • Activate “Private account” and confirm with “Switch to a private account”.

Regarding the withdrawal of contacts, still in “Confidentiality”, find the line “Your account subscriptions”, go to the “Subscribers” tab and click on the “Remove” button for all the accounts you do not want. not allow in your child’s subscriptions. They will be excluded from his contact list and, therefore, will no longer be able to see anything from him.

Source : Instagram

Set a daily reminder

Your teenager probably spends a lot of time on his smartphone, and we know that an app like Instagram is a huge attention-grabber. A sweet way to signal to your offspring that maybe it’s been a bit too long since they’ve been scrolling around looking for new photos? Concretely show it the time it has just spent on it, by displaying an alert after a certain period of time.

  • Launch the app and tap on their avatar icon;
  • Press the menu at the top right, symbolized by three bars;
  • Tap the activity, then the “Confidentiality” tab;
  • Set the length of time you think is appropriate for the daily reminder.

You are free to determine a strict duration, but too much rigidity risks being counterproductive and does not encourage the teenager to respect the proposed limit. Note also that this is only a reminder: this will not result in the inactivation of the Instagram account for the rest of the day. Under these conditions, it is better to succeed in convincing the teenager of the interest of music, rather than going to confrontation.

Source : Instagram

Disable likes

We know that likes can have some deleterious effects on the well-being of young people. In 2016, an article from Washington Post evoked the case of a young woman who only keeps a handful of photos on her account, and deletes the rest. Why ? Because she finds that Internet users do not always react well enough to her publications, which would be a sign that the photo is not cool or pretty.

Disabling likes has been possible since this spring, after several tests. The settings include not only disabling likes for other posts (you don’t see them anymore), likes of posts from your child’s account, but also the number of views. The whole procedure is described in a dedicated paper, which you can find at this address.

Check identifications and mentions

Whether the account is private or public, it can be the subject of identifications and mentions: again, Instagram provides tools to decide if you accept them all, if you only want to have those of the people your child follows or good of nobody. These mentions are for Stories, Comments, Live Videos, and Captions. They are triggered with the command “@nickname”.

  • Launch the application and tap on its avatar icon;
  • Press the menu at the top right, symbolized by three bars;
  • Press “Settings” then “Confidentiality”;
  • Go to the “Mentions” line and tick what you want;
  • Go to the “Publications” line and do the same.

Be aware that you have the option to review posts that already have IDs of your child. Just go to “Identified publications”, then “Approve identifications manually”. You will see the list of photos concerned, but also a zone grouping the pending identifications. An option to manually approve these markings is provided.

Well, if your child is tagged on a flat photo, it might not be a big deal. // Source: Helena Lopes / Pexels

Limit comments

If you keep your child’s account private, comments will be reserved for people who have permission to follow them. But if he finds this excessive and does not want this option, an intermediate measure that might suit him is to limit comments – several levels exist: everyone, the people you follow, those who follow you …

  • Launch the application and tap on its avatar icon;
  • Press the menu at the top right, symbolized by three bars;
  • Press “Settings” then “Confidentiality”;
  • Click on “Comments”, then in “Controls”, go to the line “Allow comments from”.
Comments can be restricted more or less strongly. Those you leave can also be pinned. // Source: Instagram

Block words on Instagram

Instagram provides automatic tools to block offensive words and phrases. Several levers are available: hide aggressive comments in posts, reels, live videos and IGTV. You can also request advanced filtering of comments, in order to catch anything that might be suspicious. Finally, you can also do the same for invitations by message.

  • Launch the app and tap on their avatar icon;
  • Press the menu at the top right, symbolized by three bars;
  • Press “Settings” then “Confidentiality”;
  • Go to “Hidden Words” and activate the options you deem useful.

Note that Instagram also gives you the possibility to personalize this list by adding all the words and the phases whose interception you deem required. You have to go to the section below, under “Custom words and phrases”. Click on “Manage list” and enter whatever you think you want to ban. Don’t forget to check the two options below.

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