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5 Instagram Tips for Tweens

Tips for Tweens who just got, or already have, an Instagram Account

Instagram is about connecting with friends and having fun! My name is Audrey and I have had Instagram for about two months, so I am still a relatively new user, but I have learned a lot in the time that I’ve had it. If you follow these tips you will be successful and safe on Instagram.

I like to post about cute animals on Instagram.
I like to post about cute animals on Instagram.

Instagram Tip #1

My first tip is about consistency. Do not to post only about one thing unless you will only post about that one thing on your account. An example is if you post 20 animal pictures, then lots of flowers, the people who followed you for animal pictures will be disappointed and might unfollow you, which you don’t want. If you post one thing, your followers are expecting just that one thing, but if you post different stuff all the time your followers will expect that.

Instagram Tip #2

My second tip is don’t post too many selfies. I posted one or two selfies and got more followers, but the followers that I got only posted selfies and I don’t want to see a bunch of selfies. Selfies are not “about” anything. So I did not follow them back, which brings us to my next tip.

 I like to post my artwork on Instagram and I like to see people's encouraging comments so I can get better.
I like to post my artwork on Instagram and I like to see people’s encouraging comments so I can get better.

Instagram Tip #3

You don’t have to follow everyone who follows you. Some people out there will follow you but post stuff that you don’t want to see, so you don’t have to follow them back. Some people will post stuff that you like, though, so if you want, you can follow them. You should only follow people that post stuff that interests you.

Instagram Tip #4

The fourth tip is about how often you should post. You should post about once every week, but you can always post whenever you want. If you post a lot every day it can be annoying if it is all about one thing because some people get notifications that make noise and they might block you.

This is the search screen on Instagram. Use it wisely!
This is the search screen on Instagram. Use it wisely!

Instagram Tip #5

The fifth and final tip is be careful what keywords you use when you search people or pictures on the search feature because there are some inappropriate people and pictures out there that your parents might not want you to see. The way to avoid seeing that kind of stuff is to be careful how and what you search by using keywords that are only related to what you want to see.

This is my Instagram Page where all my posts are. Obviously, it goes without saying that you should add your interests to your profile, but never your personal contact information.
This is my Instagram Page where all my posts are. Obviously, it goes without saying that you should add your interests to your profile, but never your personal contact information.

Instagram is Fun

Instagram has tons of pictures on it and tons of people too, so Instagram safety is very important, I hope you found my tips helpful. Instagram is about pictures so make your experience about something interesting! If you want to see pictures of my adventures and interests follow me at audreyhgilbert on Instagram.

Sometimes I like to post silly stuff to make my friends laugh.
Sometimes I like to post silly stuff to make my friends laugh.

9 Tips for Whittling and Pocket Knife Safety

My First Pocket Knife

My first pocket knife was from my great grandfather. He gave it to me as a Christmas gift. It was a multi-purpose knife. I had to do a little pocket knife training with my dad before I could use it to prove that I was mature enough to not hurt anyone, including myself.

Finnian's first pocket knife was a Christmas gift from his great grandfather.
Finnian’s first pocket knife was a Christmas gift from his great grandfather, Papaw Louie.

Learning to Whittle

I learned to whittle from Cub Scouts. My dad taught me and let me use his jack knife. My first project was to carve a bar of soap into a fish. The first step is to let the bar of soap sit out all day so that it can soften up a little bit from the moisture in the air. The second step is to put a drop cloth on floor to protect it from the shavings. The third step is to use a stick to make an outline on the soap. And then, the final step is to carve it. On my first try, I started to make a fish, but it didn’t work out so I decided to make a bear.

Bear Carved out of Soap
Finnian’s First Whittling Project: A Bear Carved Out of Soap

9 Tips for Whittling and Pocket Knife Safety

  1. I recommend a jack knife. It has one big blade that locks so you have to push down a button to close it. It keeps the blade immovable so that when you are guiding the knife you don’t have to be afraid of chopping off your fingers.
  2. I find it easier to use your thumb to guide the knife. Push your thumb down on the back of the knife so you can put more force into some strokes and less into others. You are shaving the wood, not cutting it.
  3. Keep your knife closed when you are not using it.
  4. Always keep it in its case if you have a case.
  5. Never cut toward you because one slip could stab you.
  6. Don’t whittle near other people.
  7. Take your arms out and spin in a circle. If your arms touch anyone, then you need to move. This is called a “Safety Circle.”
  8. Always sit down.
  9. Stay in one spot when working unless you close your knife, then you can move.

Every Boy Should Whittle

If you cut wood with one stroke, it counts as whittling. Out of a stick, I made a spear which I used as a fork on a Cub Scout camping trip. My friend made a wooden knife, but I don’t recommend it because it is really hard to make. If you want to make a spear, then you need a stick about as thick as a pencil. Scrape off the bark and then you can carve the wood into a point.

Whittling is a good way to pass the time on a camping trip. Every boy should know how to whittle and know about pocket knife safety.

This is a fish carved out of a bar of soap my dad did - he is really good at whittling!
This is a fish carved out of a bar of soap my dad did – he has had more practice and he is really good at whittling!