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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.