Kids opt for Instagram as parents crowd Facebook

Kids opt for Instagram as parents crowd Facebook

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The Instagram logo is displayed next to a smartphone on December 20, 2012 in Paris. Instagram backed down on December 18, 2012 from a planned policy change that appeared to clear the way for the mobile photo sharing service to sell pictures without compensation, after users cried foul. Changes to the Instagram privacy policy and terms of service set to take effect January 16 had included wording that appeared to allow people's pictures to be used by advertisers at Instagram or Facebook worldwide, royalty-free. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Karen Grace & Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

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Posted on November 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Instagram has exploded in popularity over the past year. Facebook acknowledges that teens are leaving it's site in favor of Instagram. One big reason is because, generally speaking, parents don't have a presence on the site.

So what warning signs should parents look out for?

Social Media experts urge parents to create their own Instagram account and monitor their child's activity. Parents should be aware that Instagram accounts are public by default and everyone can see your child's photos.

An easy precaution is to change your child's profile setting to private.

Another potential hazard? Instagram users can upload photos embedded with location information. Experts warn parents to make sure 'geotagging' is turned off on their child's phone.

Keep in mind, Instagram will not give a parent access to a child's login or password information. Experts recommend parents register a profile to keep an eye on their children.

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