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O2 Guru's Top Tip for Instagram

O2 Guru Rosa says:

Instagram accounts can be made private so only your followers can see your activity. Simply go to the 'Account' tab and then tap the cog in the top right hand corner and tap the ‘Private Account’ toggle. Don't forget you can also block your followers if you don't want them to see your posts.”

Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. Call them for free on 0808 800 5002.

You can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 online safety guru here.


What's the right age for Instagram?


Instagram says

This is taken from Instagram’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2017.


Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of nearly 700 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2017.


Children say

Based on 1,696 responses from children and young people in December 2016 and January 2017.


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Based on 3611 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Is content on Instagram suitable for children and young people?

We asked young people and parents to tell us about the content they came across on Instagram. Here are the types of inappropriate content that they reported:


Medium Risk

Violence and hatred

Medium Risk


Medium Risk

Suicide and self-harm

Low Risk


Medium Risk

32% of parents reported seeing sexual content on Instagram. 28% reported either violent and hateful content or adult or illegal content, which could include alcohol, gambling, swearing or drugs.

45% of young people reported seeing violence and hatred on Instagram. 39% reported sexual content.

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