Keeping Instagram a safe and supportive place

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We’re committed to building a community where everyone feels supported. Learn how to stay safe so you can express yourself freely and explore your interests.


We collaborate with leading experts, trusted organizations, parents and young people in our shared mission to build positive online experiences for families.

Parent’s Guide

Parents can learn how to help their teen navigate Instagram with our Parent’s Guide that includes conversation starters, information about safety and well-being tools and features, glossary of terms and more.

Family Center

On Family Center, parents can learn about and set up various supervision tools and access an education hub with tips, articles and more from trusted experts. Parents can set daily time limits or schedule breaks, see who their teen follows and who follows them, be notified when their teen shares that they’ve reported something, and more.


Strengthen the security of your account so no one has access who shouldn’t.


Explore our privacy features that put you in control.


Keep your account safe from unwanted behavior and harassment.

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Block Accounts

When you block someone, they won’t be able to see your profile, posts, or Stories. People aren’t notified when you block them. For more info visit our Help Center here.

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Block Commenters

Blocking someone from commenting on your posts ensures their comments aren’t visible to anyone but them. For more info visit our Help Center here.

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Control Comments

Choose who you’ll allow to comment on your posts with Comment Controls settings. For more info visit our Help Center here.

Manage who can reach out to you in messages

Hide Offensive Content

Comments and Message Requests that don’t go against our Community Guidelines, but may be inappropriate, offensive, bullying or spam can be automatically filtered out. For more info visit our Help Center here.

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Your safety is our top priority. Find out ways to help protect and secure your account.


Report content and accounts you find questionable or think go against our Community Guidelines.


We’re committed to protecting you from bullying on Instagram. Learn more about the features and tools we’ve developed to keep you safe.

Comment Warning

When someone tries to post a potentially offensive comment, we’ll show a warning reminding them of our Community Guidelines and letting them know we may remove or hide their comment if they proceed.

Tag and Mention Controls

You can choose whether you want everyone, only people you follow or no one to be able to tag or mention you in a comment, caption or Story.


If you see something that violates our Community Guidelines, report it so our team can review it and take action. People aren’t notified when you report them.


When you block someone, they won’t be able to see your profile, posts, or Stories on Instagram. People aren’t notified when you block them. You can also proactively block new accounts that person might create.

Hidden Words

Comments and Message Requests that don’t go against our Community Guidelines, but may be considered inappropriate or offensive, can be filtered out. You can also create your own custom word list.


Limit unwanted interactions for a period of time by automatically hiding comments and message requests from people who don’t follow you, or who only recently followed you.


When you Restrict someone, their comments on your posts will only be visible to that person. You can choose to view the comment by tapping “See Comment”; approve the comment so everyone can see it; delete it; or ignore it. The restricted account will also not be able to see when you’ve read their DMs or when you are active on Instagram. People aren’t notified when you restrict them.


Your experience on Instagram should be intentional and inspiring. These tools can help you manage your time online.


If someone you know is in immediate physical danger, please contact local law enforcement. Here are some other ways to take action.


Explore videos that address the community’s top questions.

What to do if hacked

How to activate Two-factor Authentication

How to change your password

How to make a private account

How to remove followers

How to delete and turn off comments

How to check login activity

How to check emails from Instagram

How to mute someone

How to report content

Our Community Guidelines respect the diverse perspectives of individuals who use Instagram, to foster a safe and supportive environment for everyone.


If you or someone you love is going through a difficult time, please contact an organization that can provide the support you need.


Supporting teens and their parents is one of our most important priorities. We’ve taken steps over the past several years to increase safety and protection for young people on Instagram.


Learn more about our community policies and guidelines.


Learn more about Safety at Instagram