Sure enough - someone started chatting to her. If teens are using them respectfully, appropriately, and with a little parental guidance, they should be fine. Tinder- this and Grindr are both hook-up apps that should probably not be used by teenagers, though they should be fine for adults. Make sure they're only watching appropriate stuff. Its "interest boxes" also let users filter potential chat partners by shared interests. 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. Also note that most of these apps have a private chat feature, including Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc.
Jaelyn. Age: 30.
Thanks for the great list and info Kelly!
Paola. Age: 27.
See, that’s what the app is perfect for.
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. Social Media is always changing and it's just part of our culture now. There are public and private "servers" or discussion groups. I suggest a private instagram and see how sensible your daughter is about it then take it from there. Kids in these communities demonstrate a lot of creativity as they role play, share artwork, and mash-up different stories. 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.