Parents Beware of Finstagram

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You have surely heard of Instagram, the photo sharing social network, but what about “Finstagram?” If you are like most parents, you have rules about the social media practices of your kids. However, once you learn about Finstagram, those might all go out the window.

When you combine the words “fake” and “Instagram,” you get Finstagram. Essentially, these are fake, or alternative, Instagram accounts that are created by teens, for the most part. These accounts can be used for harmless laughs, such as sharing embarrassing pictures with your close circle of friends, or for harmful deeds, such as hiding alcohol or drug use from parents. Finstagram accounts are also commonly used for bullying.

You can look at your child’s Instagram account and see the innocent angel that you believe you have raised. But, do they have a Finstagram account that shows a different side? It’s possible, and you might even be able to find it by using the Find Friends feature on the software. Of course, it’s possible that your child has linked their Finstagram to a new email address or even name.

On top of all of this, kids are using Finstagram accounts to do things that would never be acceptable on their “real” Instagram accounts. For instance, there have been instances where these fake accounts are used to post inappropriate or altered photos of their classmates in inappropriate situations. In some cases, things get so serious that the schools, themselves, have to contact Instagram to get the accounts shut down.

Even if you think that you have nothing to worry about with your own kids, it might be worth it to do a check on them. You can certainly ask your child if they have an account, and they might be forthcoming and tell you. Odds are, however, that they won’t. In fact, about 90% of Finstagram accounts are unknown, so it is the parent’s responsibility to look for the signs.

Parent should have all passcodes to access the device and its applications. Or the child can’t have a phone. Non-negotiable. Done deal.

Sit down with your child to talk about their usage of social media, and the repercussions of their actions on social media. You also might want to talk to other parents you know about Finstagram accounts. These accounts might be for innocent fun, but they could also ruin someone’s life.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen. See him knock’em dead in this identity theft prevention video.

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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These sickos that come up with this stuff need to be captured. They keep pushing the envelope of unacceptable behavior. When does it stop?

Apr 25, 2017 05:18 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Robert. While technology continues to develop for the positive, the negative is also rearing its ugly head! Enjoy your day!

Apr 25, 2017 05:30 AM #2
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Grant Schneider
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Good Morning Robert - a parent really needs to stay on top of this.  I think this is really off the deep end.

Apr 25, 2017 05:40 AM #3
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Thank you for keeping us up to date with this information today

Apr 25, 2017 05:41 AM #4
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Nathan Gesner
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I didn't know this existed but I'm not surprised. Others may disagree but I think electronics are very harmful for kids and even many adults. 

Apr 25, 2017 05:41 AM #5
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I love that the web is a free and open place but abuses should not be tolerated either.

Apr 25, 2017 05:45 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
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I am so very, very happy I'm not raising kids in this day and age. Our youngest grandchild is 18. Life really did used to be simpler for parents.

Apr 25, 2017 11:41 AM #7
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Great post Robert Siciliano  I shall re-blog this

Apr 25, 2017 01:57 PM #8
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Things has gotten so much more complicated, and unsafe in many ways, with technology.  Vigilance, as parentsm is becoming more and more important, and difficult.

Apr 25, 2017 04:28 PM #9
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There are so many social media mine fields that parents need to navigate in trying to protect their kids these days.  I'm glad my children are grown, but worry about my grandkids.

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