What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is the official Twitter app for mobile devices. The app lets you do virtually everything you can in the browser version of Twitter, including posting 140-character updates (known as "tweets"), viewing friends' feeds, sending private messages, searching, uploading photos, and following links. The app can post the user's location (street name and city) with each Tweet, but users must opt in to this feature. Parents can talk to teens about choosing privacy settings that keep their Tweets within a known group of friends, and other ways to protect their privacy and safety online.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- global awareness
- asking questions
- conveying messages effectively
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- respect for others
- evaluating media messages
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Twitter is one of the most engrossing social media among young and old. Given the "on the go" nature of Twitter, it makes sense for them to come out with an official app for mobile devices.
Kids can learn about a range of subjects and skills, depending on how they use Twitter. Teens can potentially gain a greater understanding of technology, politics, culture, and current events.
The interface -- which utilizes stacked windows to display information -- is elegant for the most part, although having to pinch and drag to open user profiles and retweet/reply can be awkward since it's easy to click on an active link by mistake.
Is it any good?
Given the "on the go" nature of Twitter (and the popularity of third-party mobile Twitter apps like TweetDeck), it makes sense for Twitter itself to come out with an official app for mobile devices. The interface -- which utilizes stacked windows to display information -- is elegant for the most part, although having to pinch and drag to open user profiles and retweet/reply can be awkward since it's easy to click on an active link by mistake. A feature to push new tweets to the top of the list would also have been nice (instead, users have to refresh the list manually). Also, we wish there was a direct way to access privacy settings within the app instead of having to go through the browser. But the app does far more right than it does wrong, and as a free download the price is certainly right.
Families can talk about...
Discuss online etiquette and how it applies to using social networks such as Twitter.
Talk about the steps teens should take to protect their privacy online.