Parents: 15 Sites and Apps Kids are Heading to After Facebook

15 Sites and Apps Kids are Heading to After Facebook

Social media apps that let teens do it all — text, chat, meet people, and share their pics and videos — often fly under parents’ radars.

Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs. Recent reports go back and forth on teens’ favorite digital hangout, but the fact is that these days, teens are diversifying: dividing their attention among an array of apps and sites that let them write, share, chat, and meet new friends. It may seem more complicated to share photos on Instagram, post secrets on Whisper, flirt with people on Skout, and share jokes on Twitter, but tweens and teens seem to enjoy keeping up with their various virtual outposts, and each one offers something different.

You don’t need to know the ins and outs of all the apps and sites that are “hot” right now (and frankly, if you did, they wouldn’t be trendy anymore). But knowing the basics — what they are, why they’re popular, and what problems can crop up when they’re not used responsibly — can make the difference between a positive and a negative experience for your kid.

Below, we’ve laid out some of the most popular types of apps and websites for teens: texting, micro-blogging, self-destructing/secret, and chatting/meeting/dating. The more you know about each, the better you’ll be able to communicate with your teen about safe choices.


Texting apps

Kik Messenger
ooVoo
WhatsApp

Micro-blogging apps and sites

Instagram
Tumblr

Twitter
Vine

Self-Destructing/Secret apps

Secret – Speak Freely
Snapchat
Whisper
Yik Yak

Chatting, Meeting, Dating apps and sites

MeetMe
Omegle
Skout
Tinder

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