APPetizer: Instagram Facts

Any list of teen-centric apps would be incomplete without mentioning Instagram. The platform lets you edit and post your photos, encouraging you to accrue “Likes” and “Followers.” The interface is easy to use, with a constant feed of photos from the accounts you follow. It’s popular among parents, so consider getting an account.

There are also some downsides. The Royal Society for Public Health, a London-based independent charity dedicated to the improvement of public health, ranked Instagram as the most harmful social media platform for young people’s mental health, with its usage showing a higher risk of sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety and the dreaded “fear of missing out.” This isn’t to say you should ban Instagram in your household, but vigilance is key. —Provided by Luke Igel