How to recognise an Instarr
Ever heard that saying “if it sounds or looks too good to be true, then it probably is”? It means that you are suspicious of it because it seems better than you had expected, and you think there may be something wrong with it. This is the best way to spot an Instarr.
Instarr’s faked photos are easy to spot, just look out for:
- Backgrounds that are warped or wobbly – they’ve used an app to change the shape of their face and/or body, which has made the walls and floor look bent or distorted.
- In a normal photo either the things closest to you (the foreground) or the things furthest away (the background) are in focus, you don’t get both. The camera can only focus on the foreground or the background, and the other one will be slightly blurry. If everything in the picture is in perfect focus then it normally means the picture isn’t real and it’s been altered.
- The person’s face is perfectly smooth, just like a doll’s – this photo has been changed in an app, everyone’s skin has texture to it.
How to deal with an Instarr
Remember that you are so much more than just the way you look. Avoid comparing yourself to others – most people on social media only show us what they want us to see and not what their real life is like.
Everyone’s appearance is different – when looking at other people’s selfies it’s natural to compare ourselves. Remember that social media content is planned and most of the images have been carefully selected or edited to appear a certain way to showcase the best possible version of a face or body.
Don’t worry though not everything on social media is fake or made-up! There are some easy things you can do to help make sure you can trust what you have found.
- Look for the clues – Seem too good to be true? Looks weird? Doesn’t make sense? There are often clues when we can’t trust something online, so stay alert and look closely to see if things match up.
- Check more than one source – It’s always a good idea to check in lots of places when you’re trying to find information. If you see something and you’re not sure if it’s true, search online and see if you can find it on other websites, especially sites that are normally reliable such as newspapers, TV news etc.
- Ask a teacher, family member or friend to suggest websites you can trust.
If something you see online makes you feel upset, uncomfortable or even a bit confused, don’t look at it again or send it to anyone else. Tell an adult you trust, who will be able to help you.