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Social Media Apps Causing Trouble in Schools

socialmedia-998990_640It’s tough to keep up with all the latest apps kids get into. And the truth is, you don’t have to know every single detail of how each one works. The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open with your kid. Talk about their social media, ask questions — and listen. Pay attention to anything that sounds like a red flag and dig deeper. Helping your kid learn to use social media responsibly is the most effective way to help them stay safe online.

Check out some of the apps that, as Common Sense Media explains, can stir up drama. These include:

  • Anonymous apps, such as Kiwi, Sarahah, and TBH that allow users to provide unsolicited and unmoderated feedback about other users.
  • Live streaming apps, such as Live.ly or YouNow that allow users to broadcast live to followers.
  • Friending apps, such as MyLOL and Yellow, that enable kids to connect and chat with people they don’t know.
  • Group video chatting with apps such as House Party and Monkey. These allow kids to communicate with multiple users via live video streamed from a webcam or phone.

Read the full article about these apps, how they work, and the potential risks on Common Sense Media’s blog.

Source: Common Sense Media |Apps Stirring Up Trouble in Schools, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/apps-stirring-up-trouble-in-schools | © 2018 Common Sense

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