Social Networking for Teens

It can be a challenge to keep up with the latest apps teens are using to communicate -- check out any app store, and you'll find a multitude of apps with a range of features. Our list is your cheat sheet.

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Ditty by Zya App Poster Image
Turn plain texts into silly, mini music videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2015)
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Fam — Group video calling for iMessage App Poster Image
Cool add-on turns iMessage group texts into video chats.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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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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tbh App Poster Image
tbh
Multiple choice-style feedback not mean, but collects data.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Wuu App Poster Image
Wuu
Share photos, text, and audio with limited audience; no ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Pinterest Website Poster Image
Semi-social site helps users collect images for inspiration.
URL: http://pinterest.com/
(2012)
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WordPress.com Website Poster Image
Slick source for blogging; watch out for adult content.
URL: http://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, Windows Phone
(2016)
(2016)
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Instagram App Poster Image
Great app makes sharing pretty, private photos all too easy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2012)
(2012)
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Jott Messenger App Poster Image
Connect to school friends without Wi-Fi or a data plan.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Twitter Website Poster Image
Fun social tool, but use the privacy controls.
URL: http://www.twitter.com
(2008)
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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, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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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, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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Pheed App Poster Image
Social app offers many ways to share; expect iffy content.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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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, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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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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TuneMoji – Share Reaction Videos with Music App Poster Image
Entertaining video meme-maker isn't kid-friendly.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Viber App Poster Image
Message or call with stickers, doodle for visual fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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WhatsApp Messenger App Poster Image
No text-overage worries, but teens are constantly connected.
Devices: iPhone, Mac, Android, Apps for Windows
(2012)
(2013)
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After School - Funny Anonymous School News for Confessions & Compliments App Poster Image
Live moderators help, but anonymous messaging still iffy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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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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Kik App Poster Image
Kik
Social networker connects with strangers, bots, websites.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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