Instagram and Bullying Prevention

October is Bullying Prevention month. Here you'll find resources that help young people and adults discuss bullying as well as best practices for staying safe on Instagram.

  • Beatbullying.org is a bullying prevention charity, working to empower people to understand, recognize, and say no to bullying, violence and harassment by giving them the tools to transform their lives and the lives of their peers.
  • ConnectSafely.org is an online forum designed to give teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth online. It also offers social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.
  • The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
  • Stopbullying.gov provides educational resources that help kids discuss bullying and points of contact for those experiencing bullying.

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.
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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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