In December, Josh Miller interviewed his 10th grade sister about how she and her friends are using technology. His interview inspired Gerry Tan to conduct a survey of teens and young adults about which services they used regularly. For teens, he found the top 5 sites were Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat and Twitter. The most used site for teens was Tumblr, even more popular than Facebook.
If your teen is on one of these sites or asking to use it, I have added articles about these sites to my Privacy Tools. If you do not want to click over, I included the same links below.
These articles explain how these services work as well as what kids and parents need to watch out for. Even if your kid is not asking about these sites – yet, it wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with them. You may even find one you want to try.
- A Parents’ Guide to Facebook 2012 – Guidebook by Anne Collier and Larry Magid of ConnectSafely.org is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition
- 10 essentials for protecting privacy on Facebook – by KidsPrivacy
- So what is a tweet? What parents need to know about Twitter – by KidsPrivacy
- Twitter Help Center is an excellent reference and easy to read
- Parent Guide to Twitter by Education.com
- Instagram is more than a photoshop app – by KidsPrivacy
- Instagram – Is It Okay for Kids? What Parents Need to Know – by Mary Kay Hoal,yoursphere
- Parents’ Guide to Tumblr – by Kids Are All Right, a website for parenting teenagers in Australia
- Tumblr : the new microblog on the block – by KidsPrivacy
- Tumblr – Why Kids Love It and What Parents Need To Know – by Mary Kay Hoal, yoursphere