The Unspoken Rules Kids Create for Instagram
The challenge of growing up in the digital age is perfectly epitomized by the “bikini rule.”
“You can post a bikini or bathing suit picture only if you are with your siblings or your family in the picture,” said one middle-school girl participating in a focus group on digital media. In other words, don’t try too hard to be sexy, and you will be O.K. in the eyes of your peers.
By high school, the rules change. At that stage, a bikini picture often is acceptable — and even considered “body positive” in some circles.