Safety Tips

We work hard to keep Instagram a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. Please take a minute to read through these tips about the tools we've built and the best practices we've defined to help you stay safe on Instagram:

  • If someone is sharing photos or videos that make you uncomfortable, you can unfollow or block them. You can also report something that you feel violates our Community Guidelines right from the app.
  • Make sure you know whether your account is public or private. When you set your posts to private, anyone who wants to see your posts, followers or following list will have to send you a follow request first.
  • If someone is bullying you, reach out to a trusted family member or teacher for help. You can also remove a comment from a photo you've shared and report bullying and harassment through the Help Center.
  • Make sure you're comfortable letting the photos and videos you share represent who you are to a wide audience, such as your parents, teachers or employers.
  • Never agree to do something or share anything that makes you uncomfortable.

To learn more about safety on Instagram, visit: https://wellbeing.instagram.com/safety.

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We know many parents and guardians think about what their teens are doing online, and we feel a great responsibility to make sure Instagram is a positive place for them to connect and share. That’s why we created this guide, which was developed and localized with the help of safety and parenting organizations around the world.

This resource focuses on three things: how to manage privacy, interactions and time on Instagram. It also includes the basics of our app, and a description of our tools, plus a discussion guide for how parents and guardians can have an open conversation with their teens about Instagram.

Download the guide below for more information:

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Instagram collaborated with several organizations to create this guide with tips about how to talk to a friend who may be struggling with an eating disorder.

Please note that this guide is only available in English at this time.

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If an account is established with the intent of bullying or harassing another person or if a photo or comment is intended to bully or harass someone, please report it. You can also learn what to do if you think someone is pretending to be you or someone else on Instagram.

Once you've reported the abuse, consider blocking the person.

Learn how to report other accounts or posts that don't follow our Community Guidelines.

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Read about best practices on Instagram in our Community Guidelines.

Learn more about keeping your account safe with these security tips.