Instagram + Kik = DANGER!

If you’ve got any sort of smartphone, you probably know all about Instagram. It’s an iPhone/Android app that helps you make your average photos look “semi-pro”. I’m pretty addicted to it, actually. In fact, I think I’ll give myself a shameless plug just to get more followers and coveted likes. @keneramirez is my Instagram handle.

Everybody wants to be liked. Especially insecure kids and youth. This insatiable desire to be liked, combined with an ever-present Internet-connected camera phone is what’s made this simple app so incredibly popular. It’s also what makes it so dangerous for your kids. Unfortunately, kids don’t always have the wisdom to know what is appropriate and safe to share online. And Instagram conveniently installs itself preset to make all your photos public. That’s right, out of the box, Instagram takes every photo you take with it and makes it available for anyone who wants to see it. It also lets you “geo-tag” any photo you want. While this can seem cool at first, imagine what a child predator can learn about your kid with a handful of photos that have been plotted out on a map. What happens if several of those photos were taken at your home?

But wait, this gets even scarier…  Now there is a growing group of Instagram users who are sharing their “kik” instant messenger profiles with each other. From the fun logo you’d think this was just another simple chatting site. Unfortunately, the majority of the people sharing kik addresses with each other on Instagram are less interested in chatting and more interested in sharing photos that Instagram desperately tries to keep off it’s family-friendly network.

If you’ve got kids or youth who are on Instagram (or who are begging to get on), you need to read this detailed experience with Instagram & Kik by Michael Sheehan over at HighTechDad.com. Sheehan describes his daughter’s foray into Instagram and his shocking discovery of Kik. He also outlines a number of helpful best practices every Instagram user should know.

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3 thoughts on “Instagram + Kik = DANGER!

  1. Tania says:

    Thanks, Ken. We try so hard to stay involved, engaged and in tune with all the options our emerging teen has for social networking. This is one of the apps I probably do not yet know enough about…this was helpful. Thank you.

  2. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a
    great blog like this one these days.

    • ageekydaad says:

      Thank you! It’s the “CHUNK” theme. Don’t remember if I paid for it or not. If I did, it wasn’t much. I really appreciate the great feedback!

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