By now, you’ve heard of Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app owned by Facebook and incredibly popular among the younger crowd.
The premise of Instagram is pretty simple: take a picture, jazz it up with a variety of filters, add a caption, then share.
It’s the reason your kids might stop eating their meal to take a picture of it, or why you might see others fascinated by a cup of cappuccino.
But because it’s social media, parents should be aware of some of the pitfalls associated with using Instagram.
Here’s everything you need to know:
What is Instagram?
It’s a social media app where users can share pictures. When it launched in 2010, what set Instagram apart was the ability to add filters to images to make them more appealing, a feature since copied by several rivals. Over time, Instagram has introduced features such as video, hashtags to organize photos by topic, and stories — where users add a series of photos or videos summarizing their day that disappear after 24 hours.
How popular is it?
Instagram boasts 800 million users, with an astounding 500 million using the service daily.
It is particularly popular among teens. According to a 2016 poll of teens from research firm Piper Jaffray, Instagram is considered the second most popular social network behind only Snapchat.
Why is Instagram such a huge deal?
Instagram is very simple. Take a pic, add a filter and caption, publish. That’s all you need to do to share on Instagram. Also, like most social media, there’s the obsession with bumping up your follower counts with the coolest images.