If your child’s favourite band or song is tagged on Snapchat, it’s likely they’re using the app to club, which is legal under state laws.
That’s because Instagram doesn’t have a clear legal definition for clubbing, which means some children are using the social media platform to share their favourite music videos, photos, or videos that they took.
However, the rules around how parents should handle this can vary.
The guidelines below explain how to manage your child in the digital world, and how to share what you love with them.
What is clubbing?
The definition of clubbing differs from one child to the next.
“Clubbing” in Instagram is an activity in which two people gather together for fun and entertainment, usually to dance or sing.
There’s a good chance you may have seen this kind of activity on TV, or even in a YouTube video.
While it’s legal for parents to use Instagram to share a video, it is not legal for a child to share that video in any way, shape or form.
That includes uploading it to Instagram without permission.
If you have a toddler or younger child, you can share music videos on Instagram, but it’s not okay for them to share music video clips, music videos and photos, video clips of other people or any other content.
“Like” a friend You can tag your friends with the tag “like” on Instagram to let them know you’re watching their favourite content.
You can also tag friends of friends.
It’s a common practice among teenagers to tag friends in a “like”.
What’s not allowed?
Sharing a photo of your dog or cat is not allowed, but you can tag a photo as a “friend” of your child if you don’t share the same content.
It doesn’t matter whether your child is tagging the photo with “like”, or tagging friends of your friends.
When you tag friends with “Like”, it’s important to make sure they’re tagged in a way that makes them feel safe and protected.
What to do if your child posts content that violates the rules You should immediately report the content to the police.
If your kid posts inappropriate content, you may also be able to take action against the child by reporting it to the child’s parent or guardian.
This may include taking them to court.
This means your child may face fines or a criminal record.