Instagram and Safety


Hector Machuca, Staff Writer

Texas Teacher of the Year and head of Lanier’s AV department Tara Bordeaux was invited to a dinner at the Facebook building in Downtown, Austin on December 4, 2018. She was also able to invite some of her best students to the event: Suzy Martinez, Cris Solorzano, Hector Machuca, and Alexa Blanco. The dinner was to celebrate a partnership between the people at the NPTA, National Parent Teacher Association, and Instagram. An Instagram representative talked about the new safety features that the app provides and encouraged users to be safer on the app. A small guide was given to the attendants of the event which detailed these new features and explained ways for the parents of Instagram users to look after their child while on the app. Instagram had made these guides in collaboration with many experts and organizations, some examples being the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the National Eating Disorders Association to better support the people who use the app and to help get the information about these organizations to the public.

After a speech by Senator Kirk Watson, Instagram had a panel with a member of the Anderson High School PTA Denise Moy, her child Kara Moy, and the Digital Families Ambassador for the National PTA, Collen Robinson. They spoke about their favorite features on the app and how people can take care of themselves on the app. After the panel, the Lanier students came up to the stage and said some heartfelt words about Ms. Bordeaux, who was so overwhelmed that she almost started crying.