Instagram is about so much more than selfies, follow-for-follow, and puppies wearing hats
Our family is a little tragic when it comes to Instagram. No matter where we go, we’re always snapping photos individually or as a collective insta-huddle. Many parents – understandably – might see apps like Instagram as yet another virtual world that can suck their children in, and separate them from time spent with their family. For us though, we try to make it an opportunity to have fun together.
We’ve put together some tips and a short film that you might like to use as a guide to get your family taking great pictures together!
Our tips for family fun on Instagram
1. Be present to your kids on the app
First of all, you’ll all need to get an account. Learn to use it and know how the app works… be on top of things like direct messages and have a plan of action around who the kids can accept messages from. We only let our kids accept from people we know in real life. Decide together if you want the accounts to be private or open – there’s advantages and disadvantages to both. Be present to what is going on for your kids. While you’re not out to monitor every comment, it’s important to be aware of who they’re communicating with and generally what they’re talking about. If people leave a rude or mean comment, chat about it with them. Talk to them about the type of images they put up and the messages that sends. For example, let’s not put up a photo of you laying in your bikini on the sand… because generally speaking, you don’t want strangers looking at that!
We’re making a series of family videos that you might like to keep an eye out for. If you’re interested in seeing more, or have a suggestion for a family related film, please leave a comment below.