If there is one single thing that scares me about raising a daughter in this world, it is how accessible the technological world is around her.
She is already a child genius when it comes to operating my iphone to play educational games that I have downloaded for her, and I am sure, at around age 5, she’ll likely be able to set up her own Twitter account to tweet all her kindergarten peeps about what mama packed her in her bento box at school today.
It’s absolutely terrifying what is posted on the world wide web these days, and with such ease. My three year old daughter already knows how to go onto You Tube and watch her favorite cartoon, I know it will likely only be a matter of time before she is coming across totally inappropriate material, just by chance.
That is why I am so grateful that companies like Instagram are including statements like this:
Don’t promote or glorify self-harm: While Instagram is a place where people can share their lives with others through photographs, any account found encouraging or urging users to embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or to cut, harm themselves, or commit suicide will result in a disabled account without warning. We believe that communication regarding these behaviors in order to create awareness, come together for support and to facilitate recovery is important, but that Instagram is not the place for active promotion or glorification of self-harm.
in their community guidelines.
Good for you Instagram. Let’s just hope the rest of the internet world follows in your lovely footsteps.
Please read the blog that inspired this post:
- Instagram moves against self-harm, pro-ana content (infocult.typepad.com)