About the author, Chris McKenna

Chris is the Covenant Eyes Educational Resource Manager. Chris has a BA in Accountancy and Spanish from Western Michigan University. After 12 years in business advising with Ernst & Young, God led Chris to a full-time student ministry role. He started protectyoungeyes.com in 2015  as a ministry to equip and educate parents and teens on the latest gadgets, apps, and how to use the Internet well, which led him to Covenant Eyes. God works in unexpected ways!

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11 thoughts on “What Parents Need to Know About Instagram

  1. Wow, thank you for the information regarding instagram. I didn’t realize Tumblir was 17+ with all of that. Ugh! Thanks again for educating us. God Bless

  2. recently i saw that Kim kardashian is having a lot of photos that are nude or strongly sexually oriented. instagram allows kids 13 years old or more to open an account. also instagram have regulations regarding nude or sexually oriented photos or videos. Can any thing be done to protect kids from this type of digital or internet material?

    • Hi Myrna – there is a lot of porn and inappropriate content in Instagram, not just Kim Kardashian. There is nothing to control that. And, no parental controls. These are the risks that come with Instagram. I’ve written extensively about the risks of the app here, if you want to know more: http://protectyoungeyes.com/content/instagram/

      Peace, Chris
      Covenant Eyes

    • Hi, Debi – no, it is not possible. There isn’t any service on the market that can provide parental controls/filtering or monitoring in Instagram unless you know the account. We are about to release an update to our iPhone accountability service that will allow parents to see that their child is using Instagram, but not the activity within it. The best defense for the app is constant conversation and periodic checks of the user’s phone to see if there are multiple accounts in use. It’s easy to tell – this blog post can help parents identify “fake” Finsta-like accounts (if you don’t know what those are, don’t worry – the blog post will help).


      Peace, Chris
      Covenant Eyes

    • Hi, Chris, yes, if you are accessing Instagram through the browser on your PC or Mac, and Covenant Eyes is installed, the pages will be rated and will show up on the detailed browsing log.


  3. Hi, I know a few people have asked already, but figured I’d ask again since the last post was a year ago. Has there been an update in covenant eyes that allows us to see activity in the Instagram app?

    • Hi Vivian – we released our updated iPhone (iPad, too) service a few months ago. It can tell when you’ve used Instagram, but there’s very, very limited services that see anything going on in Instagram. Bark is one of the best, but it’s for kids and not adults. This is one of the limitations imposed on us by Apple’s operating system. I hope this explanation is helpful.


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