It’s the holiday season. Many kids are posting photos while out and about with their friends. 52% of teens are using Instagram. Many kids are excited as they get their first mobile device and are now joining their peers on a variety of social media platforms. Chances are one of the first platforms they’ll want to join is Instagram.
Have you talked to your child about the location sharing option available in Instagram? If not, take the time to do so now. If you find photos sharing locations which you feel put your child at risk, don’t panic. Instead, use this as an opportunity to show your child you care about them. And show them you are a safe place for questions and information. Sit down with them and walk with them through these 5 easy steps to remove the location (but not the photo) from any images already posted to their account.
5 easy steps to Remove the Location from your Child’s Instagram Photo
- Go to your Instagram profile. Once there, click the map icon.
2. Now you will see a map with photos and/or groups of your photos. Tap the icon that’s noted by the red arrow for your device (below). This gives you the ability to select and delete these groups of pictures from public view.
3. Now that the images are displayed, tap “Deselect all.”
4. You’ll see a pop up screen. Confirm that you’d like to remove the geotags (locations) from your Instagram photo map. Doing so will permanently remove all of the location data photos previously uploaded to your account. Don’t worry, this only removes the location and not the photos from your account.
5. Instagram will now show your new photo map so you can confirm the change. There should be no visible pictures on the map.
That’s it! Remember, keep calm and work beside your child to apply the correction needed. In doing so you’ll be protecting them and helping them become responsible digital citizens.