The Artful Photography of Young Teens on Instagram

Photo Credit Flickr [Alex Naud]

At this stage of family life I’m able to observe young teens as they start to join Instagram. My initial concerns about bullying or addiction have been appeased by their thoughtfully considered creative expression. I realize that managing technology in the home is going to be a constant effort, but I’m also grateful that our first foray into social media has been a positive one.

To illustrate my point, I received permission to share these images from a special young teen in my Instagram network. As we become surrounded by messages about technology overriding our lives, I hope this post can provide some confidence that when used responsibly, digital tools can help us explore the world in innovative ways and even bridge perspectives across generations.

These photographs show me someone who notices a range of life’s details from tiny to grand. As a kid, I don’t think I ever noticed the view my father always talked about on family road trips. But with tools in hand, young teens now have an opportunity to participate and play in that view. And therefore the view can become much more fun — for everyone.

Lorraine Akemann | Cofounder and Editor | Moms With Apps

Photo Credit Flickr [Alex Naud]

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