Vimeo- kind of like YouTube, but fewer trolls in the comments section. YouTube- tons of profanity. Make sure they're only watching appropriate stuff. Voat- basically a European clone of Reddit. People who get banned from Reddit flock to there, though, so it's basically filled with the worst of Reddit. Digg- basically no one uses this. LinkedIn- teenagers will probably not be using this. It's usually accountants and businesspeople who are looking to get jobs.
Lots of swearing, but the content itself is pretty tame. LiveJournal- don't know too much about this, but it's pretty much like its name.
WattPad- monitor their use of this. It has lots of erotic fan-fiction. Text messaging- don't read these unless you have reason to believe they are in danger. It's kind of like reading their diary, if their diary was a chat log. Telephone- this is used less and less and texting more and more, but they'll be fine if they're using the phone to call people.
Don't eavesdrop on their conversations, though. That's snooping, and those are private to them, the person they called, and the NSA: Actually talking to people- if they're doing this, be glad. This is the most private mode of communication. Basically, as a rule of thumb, if it's on the web for anyone to access, checking it out is fine and is never snooping, but if you're stealing their phone in order to read their text messages one they've fallen asleep, that's snooping, and it's probably going to make them trust you less.
Also, teenagers might sign up for social media accounts without your permission or knowledge. This is pretty normal, and usually is fine, but sometimes can be dangerous. If they're over the age of 13, they can legally sign up for many social media accounts without parental permission, but it still is technically you responsibility as a parent to do your best to keep them safe online.
Be aware of their online activity, but don't be nagging or nosy or disrespect their privacy. Hopefully this has been helpful: Any plans to update your Common Sense lessons to include these more up-to-date apps and social media sites?
I find that I want to use your videos to teach digital citizenship to my high school students, but the references and sites discussed are becoming rapidly outdated. MySpace has long been abandoned and the way people use Facebook has radically changed in the past few years - I'm having trouble locating materials that hold real world relevance for my students that don't come across as out-of-touch or condescending.
Really the most popular list of social media you discussed with us most of the people are getting sticked to them and really those are the preferable ones i have also tried bubbly that's also good enough.
I have a 10 yr old brother and he uses minecraft. He sometimes complains that they are saying mean things and cussing on the chat. Where is minecraft on this site? Minecraft isn't a social network, it's a virtual world. As a clinical psychologist and speaker on raising kids in the Instant Gratification Generation, I found this to be extremely helpful and to the point.
I have shared it with many parents. New apps are developed all the time so sharing this information is the best way for parents to know what is out there. In our area the app causing an rash of cyberbullying and threats to schools is the "anonymous" app called Burnbook, which is based on the Burn Book from the movie Mean Girls.
This is considered a genetic fallacy because it is common for older people, i. Most people have who have difficulty are those with families. Which whom are most, if not all, parents.
So now assuming that with the knowledge you share parents of teens will be well informed of what each app is and what it is utilized for is a claim that is derived from your ending statement, which is where you created a tautology.
The information that is used to prove your argument only shows that the ends were the means, by which I mean the point of your argument was to introduce your conclusion. So the best thing to do is to make sure that if you are going to post anything informational there should be a long check of logical fallacies.
It is so hard to keep up with these apps so thank you for the list! I've found that the terms of service for the apps and reviews give parents the best guidance or can clue them in. After carefully testing it, I found that because we have parental controls enabled on the old iPhone he is using, it did not allow for the web and image searching within the app so that was a relief and he can only communicate with the kids he knows.
There is a very strict filter on the websites he can access since we have already gone down the road of accessing extremely inappropriate content. YouTube is another one that we block after finding him watching narrated Grand Theft Auto videos that were extremely violent and sexually degrading which he came upon after watching a YouTuber gamer who originally discussed Minecraft. Now that there is a YouTube kids app, we have allowed YouTube again. It would be great to have all these apps on a list with the TOS, and any alerts that parents should be aware of because I am finding that most parents have no idea what kids add access when they are handed fully enabled smart phones with no restrictions or conversation.
All of these things need to start being discussed around 9 or 10 it seems these days and don't assume that even the basic parental controls work well or that your child will not be exposed to it on some other child's unrestricted smart phone.
We always talk about where kids go after There is a app called GeckoLife which allows one to create spaces to communicate privately. Has all the features others have like messaging, pics, video My kids use it with their friends People seriously need to stop acting like snapchat is "meant for sexting".
Like seriously, its not and unless your kid is going to add random people who clearly do that type of thing, snapchat is a perfectly harmless app, so wise up. Viber is a free texting and phone app. All you need is wifi. There is a nominal fee for calls, but texting is free. Thanks for sharing your personal experience! It's very nice blog and useful. Thanks for sharing this kind blog. Another useful website is www. Nothing is creative about just viewing and liking photo's on your phone.
I remember when Myspace had all the criteria of uploading photo's, music, blogging, chatting with friends, customizing your profile the way you wanted which showed teens how to code.
This was actually useful and unique for individual members. Thanks for the great list and info Kelly! My 14 year old desperately wants to be using some of these apps. We have resisted so far, but realize that she really is an anomaly at this point so are now considering letting her at least use Instagram as long as we come up with agreements about privacy settings etc. I see almost all her peers using their real name and photo, and they say it's so they are searchable to friends.
Makes sense, but seems unsafe - any tips on this? Instagram is probably the best out of all of them because you can make your account private, which allows more control on who's seeing your posts. I suggest a private instagram and see how sensible your daughter is about it then take it from there.
As a fellow teen I'm here to advocte and encourage to usage of social media for your 14 year old daughter. I personally had a very monitored Facebook since I was 10 mainly since I lived overseas to contact other family members. When I was 13, I was introduced to Instagram. Since then, I've used it to update my friends on my whereabouts since I'm still constantly traveling and keep up to date on their whereabouts.
If you are concerned about your teen's safety on Instagram, here are some tips I've learned: Instagram doesn't require you to put both names. I have some attributes about me World traveller. Dog Lover and a cute quote and some emojis on mine. Nothing too specific about me. The profile picture doesn't matter too much since people cannot click and make it bigger like they can in say Kik.
Mine is my first name and then something else. I personally do not really see any other difficulties that could go along with the app as seeing it's a photo uploading and viewing media.
Instagram has made lots of effort in taking out spam accounts and there is little to inappropriate material atleast I haven't seen much- especially lately, in my 2 years of using the app. Anyways, I hope I helped! I think this idea is open to abuse because anybody could find your snapchat or kik username. This is a great post with important information for parents.
I would love to share it with the parents at our school. Any chance it is available in Spanish? Just to give you an opinion from a teens point of view: I am 14 and I use most of these. And most of them can only be dangerous if your child is looking for danger.
On Snapchat, you could be harmlessly sending pictures to your friends. In settings it gives you the option to only recieve pictures from people that you add on snapchat. Out of all of these I think instagram is the least dangerous.
Like I said before you are only going to find danger if you're looking for it. You can make your page private so people must request to follow you. And you will only see other people's photos whom you follow.
Out of all of these I use Twitter and Tumblr the most. On tumblr, you only see content from the blogs you follow so your child should not be following any blogs that are posting Pornographic images anyway and same with twitter. Oovoo is not bery dangerous either because you can only video chat and message people if they add you and you also add them so just make sure your kid isn't adding anyone they don't know.
Even on the safe chat people are still naked and I don't use that website at all. Many of the 6 second videos are hilarious. I guess I would say the only problem is language. But if someone swears a lot in their vines or does something you don't like then your teen should not follow them. You will be able to see anything they post. Unless they block you. But if they do block you, you could just take all their social media away!!
Thanks for your comment. You make an excellent point that teens who use social media responsibly can keep themselves safe. Your perspective is really appreciated.
My daughter went on Omegle after seeing it used on a YouTube video - the video showed the chat was safe- a tween talking to two young kids. My daughter's experience was much worse. Despite the numerous warnings on the initial page -she went right in and started to find people to chat with.
She smartly had her camera off -but found no one would chat with her. So she turned it on - showing only below her neck. Sure enough - someone started chatting to her.
He using typing only asked her to stand up and turn around - she did that - and he promptly threatened her -" I have taken a photo of your butt she was fully clothed and your face not sure if that was possible and I will put them onto social media and will embarrass you if you don't do what I say We alerted the local police and reported the incident -which they fully supported.
Despite many warnings and much education about this type of site - my daughter ignored everything for the chance of chatting and feeling that 'she belonged and was popular'.
Such a hard thing to parent around. Thanks for this list, but I think you need to update your review of Kik Messenger. You mention just one app within Kik Oink? Kik Messenger has over "cards" or apps available to connect to your Kik app. You get to these apps through the Kik app from the slide out window in the app, or from under the message window.
None of these apps are verified by either Google Play or iTunes, and many are plain and simply hook up apps. Also you will find that most kids make up names for Kik, It's not correct to say that they have a real name policy they don't.
You can also use Kik without verifying your email address, so it's easy for people to make up an email address to hide your identity. The privacy settings in Kik don't block contact from strangers, or effectively hide new messages from strangers. Messages from new contacts or strangers are placed in the main message window at the bottom, by turning on the 2 privacy settings, "Message Preview" and "Notify for New People" all that does, is place a message from a stranger or new contact, in the main message window, but blurrs the profile picture and any photo they may send.
If you then click on the message to find out if it's a friend There are many reports of strangers and Porn Bots sending kids porn pictures as way of first introduction. And increasing reports of predators using Kik Messenger to extort nude photos from kids. There are many websites set up, that have collected user names and profiles on Kik and advertise them by category, girl or boy, ages etc Please update the review of Kik.
This is one very dangerous app. I completely agree with you, Cyber Safety Lady. I think the Common Sense Media review of Kik needs to be updated. The sub-apps of Kik available via a side swipe offer their own versions of YouTube, Internet Browser, Image searching and more. There are parents out there that may think that turning off Safari will prohibit their child from accessing YouTube or other inappropriate content; however, Kik is a backdoor for your children to access these very sites.
The problem with the CSM review of Kik is that it falls into the trap of categorizing the app as a "texting" app, but it is much, much more! Please re-evaluate the product and see if you agree that your review needs to be updated. Thank you Cyber Safety Lady! I think I originally learned of the holes in Kik from you! Hi there -- Thank you so much for your comments! Our review doesn't say you have to use real names, only that you can which is not recommended by us.
Regarding Oink, it's one of many mini apps created by Kik Messenger; we chose to call it out but weren't implying that it is the only one -- and you're right, lots of Kik's mini apps aren't regulated as they're created by independent developers. It's a challenging app to safely navigate, so your concern is right on target. KakaoTalk is very popular in Asia, and with Asian American kids at my school. We use it all the time to communicate with my daughter in Korea and our former exchange student in Japan.
Kids love all the emoji, but be aware, the cute ones aren't free! I'm not sure about privacy settings, etc. I highly recommend iPhones for the ability to block apps, internet, etc. The restrictions have a different 4 number passcode so only you can have access to those features. You can block their ability to add or delete apps. We also have a rule that all devices are turned in at bedtime and charge on my nightstand until morning. If I bought the phone and pay the bill, you follow my rules, it belongs to me and I let you borrow it.
The thing about Tumblr is that things are separated by "tags". Unless you follow a person who posts content with tags like "nsfw" which is usually used for porn or you look up a tag yourself, you will not come across this content. You can also block tags, or "blacklist" them so that you won't come across them. There are some great resources like writing activities and tips, craft instructions that are available on Tumblr and you don't have to have a blog to go directly to it.
The password protected blog is your second blog, but you don't have to put anything on the first and just post from the second. Those are all tips that I find useful about that website because of its rise in popularity.
And about websites giving information to the police: There were students who tried to contact Tumblr support to remove the blog as it had some raunchy pictures, but they could not do anything about it since they were not the ones actually in the pictures.
I know that the blog was taken down after someone called the police -- it was actually child pornography due to the nature of some of the pictures. They were able to track the student down and she ended up getting expelled.
For most of these apps there is no good reason to have them. Kind of like being out at 3: Also note that most of these apps have a private chat feature, including Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc. The "meet" apps are scary as well, because they really encourage random stranger contact. Pretty sure nothing will change unless a lot of bad things happen.
My child was lured by a complete stranger on Instagram. They can be anyone they want on a profile, and kids generally believe this stuff. Kids want more "likes" and followers. These predators can know where your kids go to school, anything they want just by keeping up with your kids posts! Don't make the mistake I made, and then have to deal with what we are dealing with.
This is literally every parents nightmare. It's a hard toss-up because you want your kids to be able to contact you, but at what cost? Predators manipulate, lie, groom, tell your kids what they want to hear.
If you live in a small area like we do, it wouldn't be hard just from following posts to find out where you live, where your kids go to school. This is why they are called predators because they PREY on kids. I hope that someone reads this and at least considers what I am telling you, because if one kid doesn't have to go through what we are going through, it was worth making this comment!
What a horrible thing to happen. It is so important that we don't rush to allow our kids to use social media too early.
They need to be mature enough to be able to spot predators, and old enough to tell parents if it happens. It's also so important that parents educate themselves on what these apps, do. What the content is inside the apps ,does it have privacy settings that actually block and protect your child. Sadly so many parents don't seek out education around technology or cyber safety. Most parents think it won't happen to their child, they also believe they know enough.
T teachers about cyber safety. Cyber Safety education is a very specialised area, no matter how much experience you have with computers and the internet, parents need to learn HOW their kids are using these things. Don't think you know enough If you have the opportunity to attend a technology or cyber safety talk please go, and take your friends.
Thank you for your post, and I am very sorry for what happened to your child. You correctly point out that no amount of monitoring, including using software, can cover all the bases.
There are just too many things out there and too many creeps willing to take advantage. I'm a "computer guy" with all kinds of filters, etc. I only caught it by happenstance.
So ignore any "bad parent" comments; those people just don't know. I forgot to add that if you have an issue, these sites are notorious for NOT giving info to the police easily, which wastes a bunch of time. I would think when a young child is involved, these sites would easily give up pertinent info that would help catch a predator, but they don't, the sites will fight it all the way.
They are encouraged to use it by their schools as some schools use google drive to introduce a way of documenting school work and working with friends on homework and or getting feedback from the teacher while out of school. As a student I agree with this.
Some students use their own personal Google account, but I don't think there are many teens using the website solely for social networking.
Me also loving using the instagram, i can share any of my picture from anywhere within a very second now. My teens use this. I think the people are grouped by location. You click on whether you think someone's pic is hot or not. Then you can text the person. Sounds potentially dangerous not to mention a real blow to your self-esteem if you get all "nots"! Yeah on hot or not it doesnt tell you if someone rates you "not" but if you rate them "hot" and they rate you "hot" then it will say you guys connected.
Only then can they message you. Most guys are only looking for nude photos which is gross. It is very easy to say no. Or just not use the app at all like me. Even though a bunch of the kids in my class use this 'Instamagram', they're too young for it obviously. I think that those social networking things have to validate if one is too young to use it, example like how Nintendo charges 50 cents to your parents to make sure that either your parents helped you or not.
Why isn't Pinterest on this list? Great list, tho it probably applies more to kids in the US. Some of those apps do not feature much in Ireland. In many European countries Whatsapp is all the rage, especially in those like Spain where texting still costs money.
I am not sure what planet you are on. You need to pay for texting pretty much everywhere in the world. Is there a way to find out my son's user names for these. I already have twitter, ask. But would like to check the others sites also. All of the apps listed are trouble. Kids are going there because Facebook is too easy to track, texting is easy to check and limit, and why would they want to not been seen?
Tumblr in particular is a pathetic world of self loathing and porn. I'm sure there is plenty of self-loathing and porn on Tumblr. However, my daughter has been using it for years, primarily to participate in the fan communities of various TV shows, movies, podcasts, and video games that interest her. Kids in these communities demonstrate a lot of creativity as they role play, share artwork, and mash-up different stories. When drama arises in those communities, she is smart enough to stay away.
She has also learned a lot about politics and gender roles, social justice issues and respect for diversity. I suppose we are fortunate that she has a good head on her shoulders and wants to share her world with us rather than hide it. My son switched from txt msg to Kik about a month ago and it really threw me for a loop.
I was used to randomly checking his texts, but took me a couple of weeks to realize his text inbox was empty because he had switched to a new app. He texts constantly, usually to girls, and his content is too provocative and sometimes completely crosses the line. As much as we redirect him and counsel him and consequence him on this, he seems to keep doing whatever he can get away with.
Now, my husband and I are thinking of uninstalling all of his apps except ones for productivity, like calendar and checklists. I'm wondering if this move will be so extreme that it starts a tug of war. If you take his phone and make him text in an ipod, he will have a free phone number and you can text for free, but you will have to buy mins. I think it starts you off with 60 or so. But the catch is that he can only text where there is internet. If they don't wanna trade him, keep him.
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