Most moms have one or maybe two social media platforms they follow. The most popular is Facebook followed by Instagram and or Pinterest. Teens on the other hand use a variety of social media apps and methods for communicating with each other that may feel like a foreign language to parents. Here are the most frequented apps used and what you need to know about them, according to Today Parents:
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This is no longer the go-to social platform for teens. If they are on it, most likely it is to follow others, but not to use it as their primary source of sharing.
Teenage girls are using Instagram for everything from sharing photos to learning hair and nail tips. It is also a place where social predators lurk. Talk with your daughter about keeping her page private (just for friends) to avoid her images being used without her knowledge. In addition, the use of hashtags (#) are what drive people to the Instagram account; keeping the words rated PG-13 will help avoid unwanted followers if her page remains public.
This is a network used all over the world. Posts are created in 140 characters or less and often include photos. It is important to monitor who girls are following and being followed by, and teach her how to block unwanted followers.
This is becoming a huge platform for both personal use and businesses. Boards are created with an image that gets “pinned.” It is really easy to save images and Pinterest suggests “pins” based on the boards that are created. Talk with your daughter about predators, as it has attracted people that post illicit images that are not appropriate for girls.
This is video platform with very short 6-second videos that can be shared on other social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. Although the app has a 17+ rating, girls in middle school are using it. Make sure she blocks unwanted viewers.
Content is submitted for social proof by other users. It is more popular with boys and the open forum allows your teen to talk to anyone. This is a prime outlet for bullying and other unwanted commentators so make sure your son or daughter knows to come to you if they come across this type of online presence.
This is the platform for short blogs and is very popular with teens. The content is often re-shared broadly. Be sure to talk with your daughter that images shared on Tumblr aren’t always positive, such as the anorexia blogs.
Using this tool, smartphone users can send videos and images. Teens love it and the phone number remains anonymous. As always, being anonymous attracts all sorts of people, so the same amount of caution and communication should be stressed with your daughter.
This is a communication platform where users send a message that disappears after viewing, or in some cases 24 hours. The catch is that people often take screenshots or record the message from their phone, so the once thought private message can go viral. Thinking this content doesn’t last is a misconception, and it is important that your teen know that whatever is posted in social media has the potential to live forever.
Users have the option to share digital content and keep it to 420 characters or less. There is an option to get paid for access to the person’s channel.
This is the ultimate consumer app for girls who love Instagram. Wanelo – “Want, need, love” gives users the chance to not just share the photo of something they want to buy, but they can also buy right from the site.
This is similar to Reddit, only anonymous. Girls need to think about using this App as the community can be very unkind and has been known as a resource for expressing frustrations in a public forum.
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