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Kids and Social Media

The top 10 social networks for teens

As a parent, keeping track of your teen’s social networking can be tough – as soon as you think you know a bit about them all, a new network becomes the rage and you’re back to square one.

Before you get left behind, here are the most popular social networks for teens right now:

  1. WhatsApp 

    WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app that allows users to send messages to individuals or groups, post status updates, send photos, send videos, share a location and make online voice or video calls.

  1. Snapchat 

    Snapchat is another popular messaging app. The main difference between Snapchat and WhatsApp is that messages are automatically deleted after being viewed for a few seconds, a popular feature for teens.

  1. Telegram 

    Telegram messages and files are stored in the cloud, which means that the content can be accessed from any internet-connected device. What makes Telegram unique is that it slows for almost any file type to be shared, even large files up to 1.5 GB.

  1. Kik 

    Kik is another chatting app that has become very popular with teens.  Kik allows users to sign up with a username rather than a phone number.

  1. Twitter 

    Twitter is a microblogging social network that is a preferred resource for real-time news and connecting with celebrities and high-profile individuals.  Twitter is extremely mobile-friendly and allows for multimedia sharing.

  1. Google + 

    Google + is attached to Google’s other services, which means that it’s almost joined by default by users of other Google apps such as Gmail and Google Play. Google + works in ‘circles’, allowing users to create specific groups of people to follow and connect with.

  1. WeChat 

    WeChat allows users to chat with friends, make calls and meet random people from around the globe with a simple sign-up process. A unique WeChat feature is the Shake button, which can be used to connect and chat with users around the world who are also using the Shake function.

  1. Instagram 

    Instagram is a photo-sharing app that is very popular with teens, allowing them to share photos with a public or private audience and to follow high-profile users to view their shared images.

  1. Tumblr 

    Lots of teens choose to use Tumblr instead of Facebook. Tumblr is one of the internet’s most popular blogging platforms, dominated by visual content.

  1. Facebook 

    Arguably the most well-known social network by parents, Facebook is actually not as popular with teens as it is with the older generations.