Parents Beware of Finstagram

Reblogger Hannah Williams
Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Eastern inc. RS143922A


I am shocked as I  read this information

Parents Beware of Finstagram

Me I am just a Grandmother

I am so glad I am not raising my Children

In this Social Media Era of Young Adults

The On -line world of today dealing with

what is thought perhaps to be innocent  fun

Parents Please Read This for Yourself

Original content by Robert Siciliano

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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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Hannah - As much time as I spend poking around the internet, I've seen a bunch of things that are the modern, technology-based equivalent of the bad behavior some of used to get into when we were kids. Just like then, vigilant parenting is necessary if we're going to keep our kids away from that.

Apr 25, 2017 02:36 PM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah it is scary what kids can get into on the Internet.  Even a parent who is very proactive can miss a lot.

Apr 25, 2017 02:43 PM #2
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Oh boy I am not surprised but it is sad to hear about this.

Apr 25, 2017 02:56 PM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

OMG not good for the kids - terrible terrible stuff.  I feel the same way as this writer - Parent should have all passcodes to access the device and its applications. Or the child can’t have a phone. Non-negotiable. Done deal.

Apr 25, 2017 03:42 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hannah

Robert always has some important things to say about being online, and this is no exception. New to me as far as the name, but it's obvious there are plenty of fake accounts out there on social media. Off to read and comment. My grandkids are a little young but I will be sharing this - the parents are pretty careful with them and technology but no doubt will appreciate hearing about this...or may already know. Vigilance is becoming more and more important, for us and for kids.


Apr 25, 2017 04:25 PM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Hannah, I've seen my niece post more than a few things on FB that I'd rather she not have done.  And that's just what I get to see.

Apr 25, 2017 04:33 PM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I agree with you that it is scary and my children have such a challenge ahead trying to steer their children in the right direction.

Apr 25, 2017 06:51 PM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It's amazing to me the trust that parents have in letting their kids have smart phones so young and never even look to see what the kids are doing on them.

Apr 25, 2017 07:10 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Hannah. Does one ever really know what is going on when it comes to technology and what their offspring are doing?

Apr 26, 2017 02:52 AM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

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.

Apr 26, 2017 03:25 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Hannah, I don't have children and with all that parents have to keep up with these days in terms of social media I feel for them. There are real dangers and I don't think all kids understand how serious online interaction can be. I agree with Robert, I'd want all passwords if I were a parent.

Apr 26, 2017 05:51 AM #11
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


WOW . . . . Thanks for the heads up on Finstagram.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 26, 2017 04:56 PM #12
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Every generation has its challenges, our parents had the 60's and 70's sexual and hippie revolution, along with rock and roll. Technology and the advent of everyone having phones with cameras leads to all sorts of different challenges.

Apr 26, 2017 06:52 PM #13
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Hannah, with all the technology, it's challenging to keep up with what's good and acceptable. I'm thankful that I don't have young children.

Apr 27, 2017 06:41 AM #14
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I'm terrified of my kids getting any older and having to deal with all of this kind of stuff.  I am no fan of the internet and social media with regard to the young generation....I long for the olden days.. -Kasey

Apr 27, 2017 08:01 PM #15
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Hannah Williams 
Very scary info - diligent parenting certainly important!
All the best -Lynn

Jan 02, 2018 06:57 PM #16
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