Tweets by CommonSense 17 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook Social media apps that let teens do it all -- text, chat, meet people, and share their pics and videos -- often fly under parents' radars. What parents need to know It's a myth that Snapchats go away forever.
This online hangout is hip and creative but sometimes raunchy. Members who desire full privacy have to create a second profile, which they're able to password-protect.
Whenever an image is sent, it never truly goes away. Gaining followers and fans feels important. What parents need to know Songs and videos contain lots of iffy content. You can also "lock" a chat so no one else can join.
Talk to your kids about what they post and how a post can spread far and fast. Mature content and bullying is common. It's not only for adults; teens like using it to share tidbits and keep up with news and celebrities. Users create and follow short blogs, or "tumblogs," that can be seen by anyone online if they're made public.
The bottom line for most of these tools? Because it's live video, kids can do or say anything and can respond to requests from viewers -- in real time. Kids can send private messages. Even if there's no offline contact, however, without age verification, teens are connecting with people they don't know who may be much older.
Kids can easily see inappropriate content. Users also can send photos, videos, and calendar links. Twitter is a microblogging tool that allows users to post brief, character messages -- called "tweets" -- and follow other users' activities.
Content can be dark. So take inventory of your kids' apps and review the best practices. For example, the person on the receiving end can take a screenshot of the image before it disappears.TEXTING APPS.
GroupMe is an app that doesn't charge fees or have limits for direct and group messages. Users also can send photos, videos, and calendar links. What parents need to know. It's for older teens.
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