You signed up for Facebook and Instagram and can now see what your kids post. Did you also sign up for Pheed, Snapchat and Path? You should, because these sites and others are really where your kids are communicating with others.
Facebook is not the cool place for the teens & tweens anymore. Knowing their parents and grandparents are all on it is reason enough to turn those teens away. Here is a list of some sites that the kids are socializing on these days. I will use the actual websites description to inform you about it.
Pheed is a social media platform that enables users to create, inspire and share texts, photos, videos, audio tracks, voice-notes and live broadcasts. It is a new site that just launched in Oct 2012. Forbes magazine wrote this past February, that after this site entered the high school world it quickly became the #1 top free app used in social networking. Yep, beating out Facebook and Twitter.
Path provides you with the simple way to keep a journal, or "Path," of your life on the go. Launched in November of 2010, Path has grown to include over five million people sharing life with close friends and family all over the world.
Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme's HTML.
Snapchat is a new way to share moments with friends. They'll receive it, laugh, and then the snap disappears. It is the fastest way to share a moment on iPhone and Android - up to 10x faster than MMS. You control how long you want your friends to view your messages. We'll let you know if we detect that they've taken a screenshot.
It is a social networking site where users can invite questions from other users on the site or from anonymous users. It is a question asking and answering service that gives people the opportunity to ask and answer controversial questions totally anonymously.
Kik is the fast, simple and personal smartphone messenger. Kik Messenger has become the simplest, fastest, most life-like chat experience you can get on a smartphone. Kik isn’t just about instant messaging. Kik fans are already exchanging videos, sketches, smileys and more.
Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.
Reddit is a type of online community where users vote on content and take part in a reddit community. Redditors can vote on which stories and discussions are important. The hottest stories rise to the top, while cooler stories sink. Anyone can create a community (called "subreddits") and comments can be posted on every story.
Which stands for "Want, need, love". It is an Instagram-meets-shopping and the dream app of many teenage girls. Users post images of and links to products, which are then bought, saved, tagged and shared by other users.
4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. There are boards dedicated to a variety of topics, from Japanese animation and culture to videogames, music, and photography. Users do not need to register an account before participating in the community.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.
Free texting, voice messages, and video calls in your pocket. 300 million people love WeChat because it's fast, reliable, private, and always on. Instant messaging with group chats and animated smileys. Chat with your friends or with people nearby and real walkie talkie mode with up to 40 friends.
LINE is a new communication app which allows you to make free voice calls and send free Emoji messages whenever and wherever you are, 24 hours a day. Tell your friends all about what’s been going on lately using photos, videos, location info as well as text and check what your friends have been up to in a timeline format and feel free to leave a comment.
Along with these sites, don't forget about the big ones you do know about - Facebook, Twitter and Instragram. They are still on these, but just not very active.
Facebook - Not having a Facebook profile would be like not being listed in the phone book back in the olden days. Teens feel the need to maintain a profile there, even if they are not very active on the site.
Twitter - Parents, you can also see what kids are posting without connecting, so long as you are not blocked.
Instagram - Allows users to edit and post photos taken on their phone, and the images are publicly visible by default. Privacy settings are critical here!!
If you know of any other social media sites that I didn't list, please let me know and I will add it to the list. Thanks!