Teens Deserting Facebook For Tumblr

crazy-old-ladyIt is happening!  Facebook is being parked by teens.  By what and why, you ask?  Quite simply because we (old, boring mums – sorry I am speaking for myself!) are on it!  Teens are over being watched (sometimes stalked ever so sweetly) by Mum, over Mum leaving embarrassing – ‘love you’ comments on their wall, and they have twigged that when Aunty suggests that this or that post or pic may not be appropriate she is really channeling Mum!  So they have moved to the lands that befuddle their parents to: Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr .

Tumblr has been around for a while.  It is a microblogging site – what that means is that you can sort of create your own website. You can chose a background and a format and ‘make it your own’.  There are no annoying ads, no annoying ‘Like me’ pages and no annoying Mums!!

Female (age 15): “I have a Facebook, a Tumblr, and Twitter. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter much. I rather use Tumblr to look for interesting stories. I like Tumblr because I don’t have to present a specific or false image of myself and I don’t have to interact with people I don’t necessarily want to talk to.”

But like any site it can be misused and the main complaint about Tumblr is the proliferation of pornographic images posted on it.  Here are two boxes in your Preferences you should tick and untick respectively to make sure you don’t get nasty posts.  ‘NSFW’ by the way means ‘Not Safe for Work’!

Browse tag pages in Safe Mode Hide content NSFW blogs.
Add Explore posts to my Dashboard. You’ll see posts from popular blogs that you don’t follow.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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3 Responses to Teens Deserting Facebook For Tumblr

  1. Pingback: Teens post ‘Here I am Pics’ and ‘Kik me @’ | iCyberSafe.com – Living in a Connected World

  2. Karin says:

    I am not surprised! Some parents write about every detail of their child’s life on FB! Kids will always find ways to separate themselves from their parents, it is part if growing up! It is only a matter of time before parents follow their kids to Tumblr.

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Agree Karin! Somehow parents need to find a way to give their child some trust. Keep an open dialogue, perhaps agree to be deleted as a friend as their child enters the Senior years of school unless there is a significant concern. I don’t have all the answers, and all children are different so it is a very individual decision.

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