This app is well known for its ability for the easy sharing of photographs with friends. Concerns have been raised by colleagues in Kirklees over imagery that has been posted on the site. This material has included young people posting selfies on Instagram involving self-harm and eating disorders. These are easy to find by doing a hashtag search. Young people from a school in Kirklees have reported an Instagram account mr_happy.3 which contains many self-harm images. The account holder has been sending private messages out asking young people to harm themselves and telling them the sender knows where they live. Many of these sites are hosted outside the UK and this makes it difficult to remove material, the Safer Internet Centre Helpdesk has had reports about this page and they are currently working to block it. It is possible to block individual users on Instagram, however the hashtag search will still work and it is not possible to stop children finding offensive content. It isn’t only Instagram that has this kind of material posted to it, other social media tools including Tumblr have had similar material posted to them.
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