However much we love Instagram, it’s a pretty scary place, especially when it comes to privacy.
For kids, however, it’s a different story – and loads of them are using the social media platform regardless.
Which, according to Quartz, is what lead Jenny Afia – a privacy law expert at UK-based law firm Schillings – to re-write these terms of service so that children (and let’s admit it, us) can understand them.
And hopefully have a meaningful conversation with their parents about it as a result.
As part of the Growing Up Digital report, Jenny transformed the terms into simple bits of language such as ‘don’t bully anyone or post anything horrible about people,’ and ‘don’t let anyone else use your account’.
Longer – and highly important – paragraphs are also included, such as who can use your personal information once you’re a user:
‘Although you are responsible for the information you put on Instagram, we may keep, use and share your personal information with companies connected with Instagram.
‘This information includes your name, email address, school, where you live, pictures, phone number, your likes and dislikes, where you go, who your friends are, how often you use Instagram, and any other personal information we find such as your birthday or who you are chatting with, including in private messages (DMs).’
The hope is that it’ll help parents to be able to talk to their kids about how to use social media safely.
It’s also a wake up call for those of us that started reading those original terms and conditions, but couldn’t be bothered to finish due to all of the legal jargon.
As well as practical information, Jenny’s version also has a few home truths, such as: ‘You have the right to feel safe using Instagram.’
And a big one is this:
‘Officially you own any original pictures and videos you post, but we are allowed to use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world.
‘Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that.’
The use and legality of images and information is especially important for young people to understand, considering that according to The Wireless Report, 37% 13 – 25 year olds have sent a naked photo of themselves and 28% have had personal information shared without consent.
When it’s all put into this simple language, it certainly hits home – you can read the full re-written terms on page 10 here.
If you’re worried about kids’ safety online, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5002 or visit their website.