11 Instagram accounts that will inspire and educate you…

We’ve seen a rise in “positive news sharing” on Instagram. So we’ve collated some of our favourite inspiring and educational accounts. We’ll be sharing our favourite Instagrammers on our Instagram feed @mediasmartuk.

The minimum age to have an Instagram account is 13 years old. We’ve included links to internet safety and social media guidelines in our digital advertising and social media guide for parents, which are free to download.


So here are a few of our favourites…

1.Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls @amypoehlersmartgirls

Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organisation is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. “We emphasise intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend”.

Interested in positive role models for your teenager then check out this Instagram account.


2.First News @First_news

The only weekly newspaper for young people with over 2 million readers.

First News is the award-winning, family owned, weekly newspaper for young people (aged 7-14). Produced in a traditional, full-colour tabloid newspaper format, it presents relevant stories and current affairs in an informative, entertaining and stimulating way, encouraging children to take an active interest in the world around them.


3.Positive News UK @positivenewsuk

Good journalism about good things www.positive.news/join - “The world’s First Positive Newspaper”.

Want a different perspective? Or to find out what else is going on in the world? Then check out @positivenewsuk on Instagram.


4. hello giggles @hellogiggles

An online community for women covering the latest in culture, relationships, careers, & issues that matter most to young women’s lives. www.hellogiggles.com

Founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer, Sophia Rossi in 2011 as a place on the internet to inspire and smile.


5. Upworthy @upworthy

“Upworthy is on a mission to tell stories that bring people together — because we’re all part of the same story…”

“Lots of media companies have a mission. But Upworthy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to.

We believe that stories about important issues can and should be great stories — stories for everyone, stories that connect us and sometimes even change the world.”


6. Bright Vibes @brightvibesmedia

“We believe in the power of Contagiously Inspiring Stories. As an opposing force to the torrent of negative news that leaves people numb, we put positive change makers in the spotlight. With our stories we want to inspire you to also have positive impact”.


7. TES @tesresources

The home of top free & premium teaching resources, lesson plans and classroom support. You can find Media Smart’s teaching resources here too.

“Find out what’s going on in the teaching world with news, views and comment from our reporters.”

Visit our news pages, brought to you by the same team who write TES magazine - the “teachers’ bible” since 1910.


8. Nat Geo @natgeo

“National Geographic covers every corner of the globe, explores the farthest reaches of the universe and probes the unexplored depths of the oceans. It brings you a truly insightful and thought-provoking look at the world around us”.


9. Nasa @nasa

The official Instagram account of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

“We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.”


10. Edutopia @edutopia

The George Lucas Educational Foundation. A group of positive and proactive changemakers who are passionate about improving education.


11. This Girl Can UK by Sport England @thisgirlcanuk

Celebrate the active women who are doing their thing no matter how they look or even how sweaty they get. Powered by National Lottery players. app.thisgirlcan.co.uk


It doesn’t matter what age you are, there’s some amazing people out there that we can learn from. If we’ve missed any, please get in touch on social media. Tag us on Instagram @medismartuk and use the hashtag #GetMediaSmart.

Written by Ruth Gilbey


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