Social Networking for Teens

For many legitimate reasons, social media is often number one on a parent's list of digital worries. From predators to privacy, there's truly a lot of iffy stuff for teens to navigate. While all of that is true, using social media wisely can also give teens a sense of connection, fun, and creativity. If a caregiver is involved in a teen's digital life, preps them for how to handle negative online situations, talks about protecting privacy and being kind, it can go a long way toward a more positive social media experience. And if kids can avoid endless scrolling and comparing themselves to others, and instead focus on friendship and creativity, it may actually give them a boost instead of bringing them down

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Pinterest Website Poster Image
Semi-social site helps users collect images for inspiration.
URL: https://www.pinterest.com
(2012)
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Signal - Private Messenger App Poster Image
Simple, secure messenger with free phone calls, group chats.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Sit With Us App Poster Image
Teen-created app promotes empathy, community.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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MrOwl: Inspire & Collaborate App Poster Image
Find and share info on this interest-based social network.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Facebook Website Poster Image
Huge social site connects, serves ads; check settings.
URL: http://www.facebook.com
(2011)
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WordPress.com Website Poster Image
Slick source for blogging; watch out for adult content.
URL: https://wordpress.com/
(2013)
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GroupMe App Poster Image
Share unlimited content, but watch for unfiltered Internet.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Instagram App Poster Image
All-in-one social app for sharing, shopping, and scrolling.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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The Jump App App Poster Image
Customizable social media offers control over friends, feed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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TikTok - Real Short Videos App Poster Image
Sing, lip-synch, and share videos; watch for iffy content.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Tumblr Website Poster Image
Rich microblogging site includes abundant iffy content.
URL: http://www.tumblr.com/
(2009)
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Twitter Website Poster Image
Limited characters, lots of info, lasting online legacy.
URL: http://www.twitter.com
(2019)
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Vine Camera App Poster Image
Clever video app now connected to Twitter.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Zello Walkie Talkie App Poster Image
Real-time voice messenger app requires internet connection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2013)
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Messenger App Poster Image
Teens connect instantly to contacts; best with guidance.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2020)
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MeWe Network App Poster Image
Ad-free, interest-based groups offer control, mature stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2021)
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ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice App Poster Image
Powerhouse app with group video, text, calls; watch privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2014)
(2014)
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Snapchat App Poster Image
Send moments in photos, watch curated content; use wisely.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2011)
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Tango Text, Voice & Video App Poster Image
Social networking and lots more; privacy settings important.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2014)
(2014)
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Threema App Poster Image
Ultra-secure voice/chat app could keep parents in the dark.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2012)
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Viber App Poster Image
Message or call with stickers, doodle for visual fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2014)
(2014)
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WhatsApp Messenger App Poster Image
Text, call, and chat with individuals and groups data-free.
Devices: iPhone, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2019)
(2019)
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Are.na App Poster Image
Minimalist content-curation meant for older kids, adults.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2016)
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Instagram App Poster Image
All-in-one social app for sharing, shopping, and scrolling.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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