Name: Instagram

Owned by: Facebook

Age Rating*:

Rated 12+ for the following:

  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

*Information from the App Store

Category: Photo and Video

Brief Description: Image and video sharing

Operating System: IOS and Android

Available for download: Yes

Desktop version: Yes

Approximate release date: 2010

Date reviewed by Shape the Sky: December 2018


Instagram Quick Reference Guide

Quick Reference Guide
Access to Camera (device camera)
Access to Contacts (on the device)
Access to Photo Gallery (on the device)
Anonymous Posting (posting without a username or other identifiers)
Business Accounts (used for business)
Clear History Function
Collects User's Information
Connect with Strangers (ability to)
Cyberbullying Opportunities
Death Themes and/or Dark Content/Imagery/References
Designed to be Purposefully Deceptive
Direct Messaging (private)
Disappearing Messaging/Images
Eating Disorder Content/Imagery/References
Emoji Search (search content with emojis like keywords or hashtags)
Established Accounts Available for Purchase Online
Accounts with preloaded followers are available on eBay.
Firearms Content/Imagery/References
Graphic Content (images of death, car crashes etc.)
Graphic Content Warning (blurred graphic content before viewing)
Group Chat Function
Group Video Chat Function
Hashtag Use (uses hashtags as a search/directory)
Hidden Photo Vault
Hidden Web Browser
Image Sharing
Live Streaming Function
Location Dependent Services*
*Must use location for it to function
Location Services Enabling
Login with Facebook
Marketing (sponsored content)
“Memories” (from past posts)
Mental Health Content/Imagery/References
Nudity (without clothes, no sexual acts)
Nudity is prohibited but can be found. It’s often removed quickly
Offline Functionality (can be accessed without WiFi/cell service)
For Android Users
Original Content (shows, news, movies)
Password Protected (beyond account password)
Photo Filters and Editing
Privacy Settings (able to set account as private)
Purchases, In-App, for Sponsored Content
Purchases, In-App, Provided by the App (app related products)
Reporting Functions (report bullying, inappropriate content)
Scoring System (trophies, points, rewards, etc.)
Screen Recording Notification
Screenshot Notifications “Stories”
Screenshot Notifications Pictures/Videos
Search Function (content within the app)
Self-Injury Content (sexual acts, pictures or videos)
Self-Promotion (for popularity or marketing)
Sexual Accounts Accessible by Purchase
Sexualized Content
“Stories” Posts
Suicide Content
Upgradable (for more content or to remove ads)
Video Chatting
Up to 4-way video chatting
Video Sharing
Short video sharing and IGTV (Instagram TV) which is long video sharing.
Voice Chatting
Web Browsing (build into the app)