Tired of prying adult eyes scanning their Facebook pages, teens are turning more and more to Apps which they download to their phones or other mobile devices and then use them to communicate in private. Just as parents thought that they had mastered the foreign land of web based social media, such as Facebook, they have been undercut by this new software! If you think they are just texting when you see them on their phones you couldn’t be further from the truth!
The Top 5 Teen and Tween favoured Apps are Instagram, Kik Messenger, Snapchat, Ask.fm and Whisper. They allow, in order, pics to be stored, posted, shared and liked, free texting, magically vanishing pics, (or so they say!) anonymous questions to be asked and, answers to be given and rumour spreading! All within the privacy of a smart phone. Mum and Dad (or even Aunty) can no longer join up, be friends and keep an eye on things.
Over the next week I will write a post on each of the Top 5 Teen Apps. What teens love about each app, what they are using them for – the good and the bad, why you need to be aware of them and what you can do to keep your eye on things and keep the conversation open.