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Social Media Awareness

It is important, as parents and educators, to stay as informed as possible regarding the social media outlets teenagers use.  In this spirit, below is a list of relatively new social apps, many of which are anonymous, do not require usernames, and are potentially dangerous.

With our collective involvement and supervision of technology usage, we can work to ensure our kids are safe and exercise appropriate discretion while using social media.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s principal.  

After school

An anonymous social network that's high school specific. Users identify their school but not themselves

Ask.fm (age 13 +)

Anonymous posting of answers to questions asked, no control over negative comments, bullying, etc.

Burnbook (age 18+, 17 with parental permission)

You do not need to sign in, and you do not create a username. As a result, Burnbook gives kids the ability to pick a name and open up anonymous judgment from the community, leading to possible cyberbullying

Cuddlr

Intended for adults- lets users connect with others in their vicinity (including strangers) who want a hug

Facebook (13+)

Connect with friends, family and other people you know. Share photos and videos, send messages and get updates

Finsta (13 +)

A Finsta is a “fake” account, usually on Instagram, that is set to private, with only a handful of people who are allowed access to those materials.

Kik (age 17+)

Instant messaging app, free when using Wi-Fi, where anyone can contact a user and there is no approval process

Omegle (need parent permission under 18, not for users under 13)

Type a keyword and then you can text or use a webcam to "talk" to other users. Frequently cited for sexual content

Whisper (age not specific)

An anonymous confessional app that allows you to superimpose text over a photograph. Used to spread gossip

Snapchat (recommended for age 12+)

Allows users to capture videos and pictures that will erase after a few seconds

Instagram (age 13+)

Photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos and share them on a variety of social networking platforms

Strangermeetup.com (age not specific)

Chat with strangers at random in private chat rooms.

Tinder (age 13 +)

Is a location-based social search mobile app that facilitates communication between mutually interested users, allowing matched users to chat.

Tumblr (age 13+)

Allows users to post text, images, videos, link, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog

Twitter (age 13 +)

Online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, “tweets” restricted to 140 characters. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them.

Yik Yak (not intended for anyone under 17)

Users see anonymous messages from others in the same 1 1/2 mile radius

VSCO

Users can post pictures, similar to Instagram, but followers have no ability to comment.