We asked parents how easy they thought it would be for a child to pretend to be older in order to sign up to Instagram, and whether they had to verify their phone number or email address. Based on these answers, Instagram has received a neutral rating for its sign up process.
Here are some of the things parents said:
- “A little too easy I would say. I entered an old email address and then I was allowed immediate access, no confirming email, no security codes or anything. I did not have to enter my DOB or confirm my age at any point.” – Father of three
- “It is too easy to sign up for multiple accounts which can then be used for trolling or bullying.” – Father of a 17 yr old
- “I signed up with my Facebook account so didn’t need to verify.” – Mother of 14 and 17 yr olds