Six year old Anna knyazeva has more than half a million followers on an Instagram? Yes, you read it right. This Six-year-old girl has amassed more than 500000 insta followers, her account is run by her mum. But this has raised troubling questions from some people who are concerned for her welfare.Scrolling through the Instagram account @anna_knyazeva_official, there are some pictures and videos of young Anna smiling for the camera against backdrops of stuffed animals, playing with her toys, and posing with her older brother, but most of the six-year-old’s Instagram pictures are professionally shot, and display her uncanny resemblance to a porcelain doll. This is pity that a Six-year-old is being judged on her looks and getting comments from a large number of people.Many commented that the early attention on looks of a child can effect a mind of many children. There were also those who felt Anna’s Instagram made her the perfect target for child predators. The concerns that arose regarding Anna’s viral Instagram echoed fears expressed over similar accounts dedicated to children and highlights the issue of child safety on social media.Clinical psychologist and parenting expert, Stephanie O’Leary, Psy.D, said that creating social media accounts for young children carries with it many hidden risks. She said: “Circulating pictures of your child as well as posts that may share your child’s location, plans, and routines provide those who may have ill intimate details of your child’s life.” The girl is too small to understand various comments she receives on her photos but later it may turn into negative reactions by the girl when she is able to understand such comments. Overall, while it may be tempting to post pictures of your child on social media, it is important to consider the potential consequences before hitting upload.
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