On Instagram, everyone who signs up for an account and is under 16 years old (or under 18 in certain countries) is defaulted into a private account. We want young people to easily make new friends and keep up with their family, but we want to help them deal with unwanted DMs or comments from strangers. So, we think private accounts are the right choice.
Still, we recognize some young creators might want to have public accounts to build a following, build a community, or advocate for issues they care about. So, we make that option available after equipping them with information about what that choice means.
As you and your teen connect and share more online, keep having conversations about what privacy means to you, and how to continue thinking critically before you post.