Is there any social media that's good for kids?
Finding social sites specifically designed to be beneficial is a good idea. Though 45 percent of teens say they use social media every day, they rank it lower in personal enjoyment than every other kind of media. So it's possible many teens use social media simply because their friends do and they don't want to miss anything, rather than actually liking what social media has to offer.
Kids are moving away from having one social-media destination (such as Facebook) and instead downloading different apps for different purposes. That makes it easier to find those that promote positive interactions, as well as those that enable teens to explore their interests, be creative, make connections, and learn about the world. And though these niche options might not take the place of Instagram, for example, they might make kids a little happier.
Here are some options to explore:
Brighten. Though it can't replace the power of positive, personal interaction, this social media app tries to spread good vibes from user to user.
Code Academy. For budding programmers, or anyone else who wants to pick up some 21st-century skills, Code Academy is a great way to learn, create, and share computer code with like-minded folks.
Everloop: Goobit. Designed for kids 8 to 15, Everloop has a motto -- "Be cool, be clean, be confidential" -- that says it all.
Minecraft. This open-world, "sandbox-style" creative game lets kids play, build, and share no matter what their skill levels.
Path. A maximum of 150 connections is all that's allowed on this social media app that encourages users to share more selectively with "high-quality" friends.
Sit With Us. Created by a teen, this app lets kids arrange to eat together in advance to avoid the painfully awkward school experience of standing there with a lunch tray, not knowing where to sit.
We Are Here DIYDoc. If your kid is a budding journalist or just has a story to tell and share, this app helps kids create simple documentary stories and share them.
WordPress. Writerly kids can't get much better than this classy, easy-to-use blogging app that lets them write from their phones.