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Minimum age according to Instagram
13+ Minimum age according to Instagram

What is Instagram?

Instagram is a social media service designed for people to share photos and videos. You can upload and share photos, images or videos using a range of specialist filters, and receive likes and comments. You can follow other profiles so they appear in your feed and your profile can also be followed by others. Instagram Stories allows you to post photos and videos that vanish after 24 hours and do not appear in your profile grid or in the main Instagram feed. The app also features direct messaging and video calling.


Apps: Android app, Apple iOS app

How do people use Instagram?

Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use image and video sharing services like Instagram.

Instagram is used for: content sharing, messaging/online chat, photo/video sharing, online relationships and video calling

How can you report online abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?

How can you protect your personal information?

  • Privacy settings 
    Learn how to make your profile as secure as possible.
  • Controlling your visibility 
    Manage who can see your profile information and images you share on Instagram. 
  • Manage photo and video tags 
    How tagging an image or video works and what to do if you are tagged in an image or video.
  • Sharing photos safely 
    Advice on what to do if someone is asking for nude images of you or is threatening to share your images without your consent.

Key safety links

  • Tips for parents 
    Provides a range of safety information for parents about using Instagram.
  • Help Centre 
    Offers a range of general help, safety and security information.
  • Security tips 
    Top tips for keeping your account safe. 
  • Community Guidelines 
    Learn about the guidelines you are expected to follow when using Instagram. 
  • Privacy policy 
    Outlines Instagram’s privacy policy including the information they collect and how they use your data.