My daughter turns 13 this week (!) and I am allowing her to get an Instagram account, which she is really excited about! We will take all the precaustions (it’ll be private, I check her phone often,) but there is still so much out there that she will see that I won’t be able to control. Which is part of parenthood, to be honest! As they grow up you keep communication open and trust them and just always, always, keep talking. She is on TikTok and chats with me a lot about what she sees, and mainly follows accounts that chat about Anime.
However, when kids are this young they also don’t even realize they are seeing things that aren’t good for them. I talk to her daily about how most of what you see online is a business and not to take things for face value. There is a ton of misinformation and mean people and just straight up ignorance, which is life really. While I can’t control everything she sees, or keep her in a bubble, I can curate her feed a bit (even if she rolls her eyes at me.) Below are some accounts I am making her follow that I find inspiring and learn from daily. A note, some accounts I love but also chat about adult things not apropriate for her, so while I love them I won’t include. Maybe I’ll make that another post!)
@simplysadiejane (love her vibe of self love)
@allsidesnow (a view of the daily news with all the bias taken out)
@beauty_redefined (love this account! “Bodies are instruments, not ornaments…”)
@sharonsaysso (a very informative, fact driven account that shares political and news daily. I have learned so much from this account!)
@thewellful (a great account about intuitive eating and anti diet culture)
@morganharpernichols (insoirational poetry)
@danamercer (my fave body positive account that shows the insides of fitspo culture and aways makes me feel good)
Do you follow any inspiring accounts? Any others I should include for my daughter?