Today’s word of the week is “finsta.” Have you heard of this one before, parents? It’s one you probably want to know, because most teens have them.

A finsta is a fake Instagram account. It’s separate from a public account, kept private except for a close circle of friends, and kids usually use a nickname or pseudonym for them.

Most of what’s shared on a “finsta” account is the usual teenage stuff: Personal thoughts, a touch of angst, maybe a photo or two that parents/college entry boards/future bosses/etc., might not approve of – and typically it’s no big deal. Some adults have them too, to keep their personal lives more private as well.

My daughter’s always had one and we’ve always talked about it. I don’t snoop (too much… ???) because we have an incredibly open/honest relationship and she’s never given me reason to worry. I do let her know that I CAN snoop if I feel the need, and I don’t sweat the small stuff (too much).

It’s never too early to talk with your kids about what’s right and wrong – online and off – and that includes a casual conversation about “finsta” accounts. Or at the very least, you’ll be much cooler now that you know what that word means.

You’re welcome. ???