As technology advances, so does the way we communicate with one another. Created in 2010, Instagram has established itself as a leading social media platform that allows users to share photos and videos. While many have criticised its adverse effects on children, it can also be a valuable portfolio platform and powerful educational tool when used correctly. For parents, this popular app can be a great space to compile their child’s best photos and videos, commemorate his milestones, and share content with friends and relatives.
Even better, with the introduction of Instagram Reels, parents have greater flexibility to create, produce, and promote their child’s work. Who knows, your child might just be the next Instagram superstar!
What Is Instagram Reels
Similar to Snapchat and TikTok, Reels are short, vertical videos that can be up to 30 seconds long. Users can add music, text, and filters to enhance the videos they filmed. Videos posted to Reels will be featured on their profiles and in their followers’ feeds.
Users can create and access Instagram Reels in three different ways:
- Instagram home screen
- Instagram Stories camera
- Reels tab
Tips to Create A Fun Instagram Reels Video
Filming with your child is a fun way to bond and connect with him. Here are three tips on creating a fun Instagram Reels video that is sure to stand out from the rest.
Tip #1: Embark on fun challenges
New challenges are always emerging as social media becomes more and more popular. While some are forgotten soon after they’re posted, many of these challenges go viral as well. Over the past two years, some trending challenges include the #PillowChallenge, #FlipTheSwitch, and #DalgonaCoffeeChallenge.
Instagram Reels challenges that involve singing and acting allow your child to hone his talents while having fun.
Get inspiration from other avenues such as the Internet or Tik Tok. Involve your child as well by asking him the types of challenges he wishes to do.
#2: Add trending music
Consider adding popular music as the Audio for your Instagram Reels. To identify trending audio, head to the Reels tab and find tracks with the “trending” arrow.
You can make your video more exciting and engaging by using the right music. Music has emotion and can help set the tone for your video, adding another level of depth and complexity to your video. Popular songs further capture and encourage your child’s interest in creating, editing, and watching the video. It also helps the video to reach more users.
If you and your child are filming a narrative, using music as complementary backing tracks can support or even enhance the content. It can cover up ambient noise in noisy environments and make the video more pleasant to watch.
#3: Set ground rules
It is important to remember that Instagram is ultimately a social media platform that is accessible by anyone. Dangerous stunts and fads may appear, bullies and predators lurk online, and the power of addiction is real.
Before introducing any communicative device to your child, explain the dangers of social media, such as unwanted strangers’ messages and cyberbullying. Set rules on how much time he can spend on social media each day.
For older children who have their own mobile device, show them how to stay safe: use privacy settings on social media accounts, spot fake profiles and scams, and not share any personal information online. It’s also encouraged to get them to check in with you first before participating in viral challenges by themselves. Monitor their social media accounts regularly to make sure they’re following the rules.
Let Your Child Express Himself Freely In A Safe Space
At MindChamps Académie of Stars, we help to develop your child’s artistic talents in a safe space. We have different classes for children that can cater to their interests, whether they wish to hone their singing techniques, acting skills, or dancing style. Adopting the practice of 100% Respect and Zero Fear, our talents can feel comfortable expressing themselves and sharing their thoughts through the arts. Book a visit today to learn more about Singapore’s premier performing arts school.