For the parents who grew up with tape players and dial-up connections, the digit world can be a mystery for them. Today, both the good and bad aspects of using Social Media on screen are taking place on apps like Instagram.


To help the parents navigate on these type of online environments, Instagram has launched a parents guide to the Instagram app on its Well Being website.

The PSA covers a first introduction to the video and photo sharing app and introduces parent to the safety features to browse safely on the internet that they and also their child may not be aware of. These bullet points give private functions like private vs. public profiles and timer system that released earlier this summer that helps parents and their child keep track on how long they have stayed on the app and also reminds if they exceed a pre-set limit.

In addition to the parents to walk through this feature, the portal also works on a basic introduction to the unique intersection of technology and personal identity that is inherent to how the teens are finding a place in the increasingly noisy web.

The parent portal feature also encourages parents to ask their child about their mental well being on the result of online comments on the app, how well or if at all they know their all followers and how they decide what to publish on various accounts of Instagram users. (e.g. ‘ instas ’ vs.  ‘  finstas.’)


This list is, without any doubt, a little confused at times. But there are many conversations that have to bridge maturity and generation gaps between children and parents.

As today’s teens’ lives more scheduled on online platforms, the ability of their parents to offer an emphatic and educated ear to the personal problems or issues these social media apps may create can mean the difference between a teen voicing them at all or struggling through issues on their own.