A mum has shared her concern after discovering her twelve-year-old daughter’s secret Instagram account.

Posting her story on Mumsnet, a concerned mum has shared her shock and disappointment after discovering her twelve-year-old daughter had a secret Instagram account.

The mum said that despite telling her daughter that she was not allowed to sign up to the social media site, the account had been active for a while, and couldn’t believe what her daughter was posting.

Growing Up Too Fast

Although she was tempted to confront her daughter immediately after finding the secret Instagram account, the mum says that she decided to keep a close eye on it instead and was horrified by what she saw.

“She has asked me for an Instagram account lots of times and I said no,” she posted.

“I recently found out she had created an account without telling me. I was going to tell her right away that I knew and deal with it but I decided to monitor it for a few days. I have seen she has posted photos of herself in a bikini which she knows is unacceptable. I now feel like I can’t trust her.”

The mum said she plans to confiscate her daughter’s smartphone and replace it with one that doesn’t have internet access.

Ways Around It

Parents commenting on the mum’s post agreed with her decision to take the phone but pointed out that her daughter was likely to find a way around the ban.

“Taking her phone away will stop it for a while but she will find a way,” one mum wrote. “If you allow some things, then I think they are less likely to hide things.”

“They are seeing older women posting pictures, getting likes and they want the same attention and approval,” said another. “It is like a drug chasing likes.”

With Instagram removing its ‘like’ feature in Australia as part of a trial, only time will tell if it reduces the pressure on children and teens to grow up too fast.

Did you discover that your child had a secret Instagram account? Share your story in the comments.

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  • social media for our children is one of our biggest concerns for the future – it makes them so accessible to others and is something i need to get more educated on.


  • I hope they don’t have lots of revealing photos


  • This is something I’m going to be very concerned about when my little ones grow up. I just hope i can keep up with the trends so that I can be more aware of what might occur so i can keep on top of it all.


  • My girls aren’t old enough at the moment for this to be a worry for us but this whole thing scares me! I’m really not looking forward to having to worry about social media and bullying, boys etc.


  • This is so true amd definitely happening. A couple of my friends’ children have multiple Facebook and Instagram profiles..


  • I believe children are being given way too much leeway with screen time these days. They need to be closely monitored and parents need to know what content their children are accessing.


  • The key is ABC : Adults (parents) should know what their children are doing on these devises at that age. Boundaries are needed. Communication/conversations is so very important.


  • My oldest daughter’s father helped make her an Instagram account because he made one, though I didn’t find out right away. My other do not. At least I know about my daughter’s and it’s not secret.


  • I wouldn’t let my kids use internet on their phone until they could pay for it them selves. And yes, having a good conversation is a good idea!


  • Not yet…he’s really young as of now. but will find out sooooooon i’m sure … just would try that he tells me before he creates one.


  • A frank and honest conversation would be a very good idea.


  • Unfortunately all you can do is point out what can happen if the wrong people get hold of the photos she is sending.


  • This could happen without you knowing and its scary, thankfully my 2 aren’t at that age yet


  • My daughter has snap chat not instagram. How scary it can be for us as parents.


  • No, I didn’t but a friend did find her 11 year old son had one (he was in primary school). His phone was taken from him andthe account removed. However, about a year later (when he was still under 13) he pressured his mum who then allowed him to set one up. I’m not sure of the lesson there. She simply said he’s the 3rd child and wore her down.


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