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Instant Porn via Instagram: What Parents Need to Know

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Instagram has long been viewed as a cute, harmless social media site where you can post and share pictures with the world.  Unfortunately, what many parents do not realize is Instagram is quickly turning into a gateway to pornography as its usage rises with teens and young adults.

Statistics show Instagram is the second most popular social media site with Snapchat being #1 among Millennials as users under 35 years old make up more than 70% of Instagram’s active accounts around the word.  The pornography industry has found its way to access the eyes, minds, and hearts of our young through this app.  What this means is your unsuspecting child may  unwittingly get exposed to pornography or highly sexualized material by accident as it is cleverly hidden behind certain emojis and hashtags.

Fruits like peaches, cherries, bananas, and eggplants are some of the more popular ones that access porn.  The sweat or splashing water image is known as symbolizing sexual fluids or ejaculate.  The symbols and combinations continue to proliferate as concerned parents catch on.  In a way, it’s a social media variety of the cat trying to catch the mouse with the mouse conjuring up new, innovative ways to stay one step ahead.

As an Instagram user myself, I’m not here to admonish Instagram just as much as I wouldn’t admonish the internet or other forms of mass media (television, movies, etc.).  But as a parent, I also would say the responsible lies with us to ensure we warn our children about the reality of being exposed to images and situations that do not reflect healthy human sexuality.

So before you dismiss your child’s emojis on Instagram or via text to another child as cute or innocuous you might want to check again before their innocence is taken captive.

Related Stories:

https://metro.co.uk/2015/12/03/quiz-do-you-know-the-sexual-meaning-behind-these-emoji-5539546/

https://netsanity.net/parents-guide-emojis/

https://protectyoungeyes.com/instagram-porn-problem-instaporn-kid-safe/

https://blog.hootsuite.com/instagram-demographics/

 

 

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