I came across many images and under these images the hashtag, #dirtyrp, where people are interacting with ‘dirty” fictional stories and pornographic discussions with one another.It made me sick to my stomach, especially since my daughter was engaging in this “Role-play” and most likely came across these photos and hashtags.

She and her friends post pictures, like one another’s photos and make the odd comment to one another.

In due time, my husband and I noticed that our daughter was becoming a bit more consumed with her Instagram account.

Evidently, “role-playing” is an online activity where tweens and teens are assuming roles of famous people they admire and using images of them taken off the internet, in turn, creating an online fictional fantasy world.

My daughter was very straightforward with what she was doing, and the role she was assuming, so, I reluctantly let her continue. Although, we let her continue, my parenting alarms kept telling me that something wasn’t right about letting our daughter assume a role of somebody that she wasn’t.

This past year, I have been an avid Instagram user.

I love how I can instantly upload my photos, and turn my normal photo, with the use of some filters, into an enhanced, brightened photo.On one particular occasion, however, I noticed that her account name she was using wasn’t her real name.When I asked her who this person was, she said she was pretending to be the sister of a band she loves, One Direction, and it was just something called “Role-play”.However, I made sure that her privacy settings are on and I follow her.While observing her activity on Instagram, it all seemed very innocent.And, what scares me the most about role-playing on Instagram is that the images being used that I came across in the #roleplay hashtags weren’t necessarily suggestive, however under some of these nonsuggestive images were pornographic discussions.