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Apps considered safe for teens. These apps are relatively safe for kids and students, and they can be used to help a kid shine online to impress colleges and future employers. When used wisely, these apps will help your students adjust their Google results to create a portfolio of online accomplishments. If your kids want to have a profile on these networks/apps, please consider having a dialog with them.


Facebook Age: 13+ Facebook aims to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Kids tend to share personal information on their Facebook profile. This information is often visible for college admissions officers, and future employers when they search for them.

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Facebook Messenger Age: 13+ Facebook messenger (owned by Facebook) allows you to chat with anyone on Facebook. To initiate a conversation with users you need to add them to your Facebook friend list. We suggest parents to add their students on Facebook and monitor who they are adding as friends.


Instagram Age: 13+ Instagram is a free photo sharing application that allows users to take photos, apply a filter, and share it on the service or other social networking services. This app is great for showcasing one's accomplishments and adventures. However, kids need to be careful with what pictures they do post.

LinkedIn Age: 14+
LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. It is an important tool for teens that want to improve their Google results when applying to college. It is the best place to start an online image to impress colleges and future employers.

Pintrest Age: 13+ Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that helps users find and save ideas. It's a great source of inspiration for students. They can use Pinterest to find studying tips, DIY's and more. Kids can have fun on Pinterest, as soon as they pin pictures that are Light, Bright and Polite.


Twitter Age: 13+ Twitter is an online social network, which allows you to send messages up to 140 characters in length. This is a great app for students to share their thoughts and feelings. However, kids must also be aware that anyone can view what is posted if their account is public.


YouTube: Age: 13+ YouTube is a free platform for watching and uploading videos, and is owned by Google. videos can turn a student's Google results into a three dimensional version of their college resume. YouTube also has a multitude of educational videos you can learn from.

These apps can be good and bad for your teens. It is recommended you have a dialog with your kids about sexting and inappropriate content if your kids have these apps. Although some people are scared of Snapchat and Vine, there are apps that are much worse. Every parent should put time in each month to have a dialog with their kids about the apps they are using. This is the best way to keep kids safe - not by restricting them but by talking with them.


ooVoo: Age: 13+ oo Voo is one the world's largest video and messaging apps. Parents should be aware that oo Voo is used by predators to contact underage kids. The app can allow users to video chat with up to twelve people at one time.


Periscope Age: 13+ Periscope is a location based app. It allows users to watch and broadcast real time videos. It's easy to find your kids on Periscope if you know their Twitter usernames. Some teens get in trouble using the Periscope app.

SMS Age: No age limits SMS text messaging is one of the primary apps that each phone has. All accounts are connected to phone numbers. SMS messenger is relatively safe for students - trackable and least difficult for parents to monitor.


Tumblr Age: 13+ Tumblr is one of the world's most popular blogging platforms. Users tend not to use their real names, so it can be hard to find blogs without knowing a specific username. All accounts are public and content goes unmonitored.



Vine Age: 17+ Vine is owned by Twitter and is a video sharing app. Kids often post videos of their everyday life and blunders. Kids want popularity, so they try to collect more views and revines from friends and strangers.


WhatsApp Age: 16+ WhatsApp is a mobile messenger that is similar to short message services. Users can share location and contacts with other users. WhatsApp helps kids bypass text messaging and communicate with their friends using the app.


Apps not for teens. These apps usually have inappropriate and unmoderated content. They also tend to be used for cyberbullying.


AfterSchool App Age: 17+ After School App is an anonymous app that creates a separate chat group for every school. It has been removed twice from the App Store because of threats and arrests. Messages often include bullying, pornography, and alcohol or drug references.

ask Age: 13+ is a social networking website where people can ask questions, with the option of anonymity. Kids often reveal too much personal information on this site, and cyberbullying is very prevalent. On this site and option.


BurnBook Age: 18+ BurnBook is an anonymous app for posting text, photos and audio rumor messages about others. The app compiles messages by school, so the app requires access to your location. It encourages students to screenshot the rumors and save them to their phone, which causes bullying issues.

a X Alcalculator% Private Photo Age: 4+ The “Private Photo (Calculator%)” app is designed to help students hide photos and videos behind an innocent looking calculator app. This application looks like a calculator but entering a passcode opens private photo storage.


Kik Messenger Age: 17+ Kik allows anyone on the app to contact your child and directly message them. It has been known to allow adults to communicate with preteens, and is very difficult to discern who is a predator and who is real. Some adults have been known to use this app to pretend like they are tweens and teens. Kik allows students to bypass text messaging features of their phone. Users can connect with anyone on the network and aren't limited to their phone's contact list.


Omegle Age: 18+ Omegle is an anonymous text and video chat room that connects strangers to talk with each other. The app allows you to share personal information, and also contains inappropriate and unmoderated content.

Secret Age: 17+ Secret is an app that allows people to share messages anonymously within their circle of friends, friends of friends, and publicly. Students often hide behind the anonymity when posting, and forget that anonymous does not mean untraceable.



StreetChat Age: 14+ StreetChat is a live photo-sharing board designed for middle school, high school and college students. Kids feel more freedom to send mean posts because they do not have to confirm their identity within the app. This leads to students often posting about real people.

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WhatsGoodly Age: 17+ WhatsGoodly is an anonymous, location-based, social polling application designed for college students. It has a 17+ age restriction, but younger students can still see polls and vote. There are a lot of questions about dating, relationships, alcohol, and smoking on the app. 

Whisper Age: 17+ Whisper is an anonymous social network that allows people to express themselves. Whisper reveals a user's location, which makes it easy for people to arrange to meet up. This also makes it easier for predators to locate and connect with users.


Yak Age: 18+
Yik Yak acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you. The app is popular with high school students, and it is often used to harm the self-esteem of fellow students.


YouNow Age: 13+ YouNow is a popular broadcasting platform where kids watch and stream real-time videos. Users decide whether broadcasters should continue their live videos with thumbs up and thumbs down voting. Anyone can record the videos posted, take screenshots and bully others with the recordings.

Tinder is a photo and messaging and messaging dating app for browsing pics of  in a certain mile radius of the user's location. Swipe right to "like" and left to “pass". If you "like" someone's photo and the "like" you back, you can then message each other. Users can also post "moments”, which are images and messages, that last for 24 hours then disappear. Listed for users 13 and above, but has a widespread reputation as the "hook-up" app; the use of location and lack of privacy is also problematic.

The Safe, Smart & Social site has a video for each of the apps listed above só parents and educators can learn more about the app, and determine if a particular app is appropriate.



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