When it comes to social media, having a set of ground rules is a good idea. It’s a great way for parents and kids to work together on how to be safe, wise and responsible online. Understanding social media and the available platforms is also helpful in navigating as a family.
Unsure of the social media platforms your kids may be using? There are so many options when it
comes to social media so they may be using a combination of platforms to communicate. See the table below for popular social media platforms and their use.
|PLATFORMS||WHAT ARE THEY?|
These apps allow you to send text messages via mobile data or WiFi. Features included:
These apps are primarily used to share selfies, photos and short videos.
Some of the apps have self-destructing messages, which means there is a time limit on viewing content.
|Confessions and “feedback”
|These sites allow you to post photos of yourself or confessional posts and invite feedback from friends and strangers.|
|Streaming and video
Some of these apps allow one on one or multi-person video conversations.
Other apps allow users to upload self-made music videos or livestream videos so you can directly interact with your audience.
|Apps to “meet new friends”
These apps are used to meet new people, but can also be considered “flirty”.
For example, Monkey connects you with random strangers for 15 second video chats. Whereas Yubo is described as “Tinder for teens” - by swiping right and left on user’s profiles.
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