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"Applications your kids are using that you may not know about. " - DigitalEd Team
 
 

Facebook Facebook is an online social networking service. Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, exchange messages, and receive automatic notifications when they update their profile. Users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists.

 

Google+ Google+ is a social networking and identity service that is owned and operated by Google Inc. Google has described Google+ as a "social layer" that enhances many of its online properties, and that it is not simply a social networking website, but also an authorship tool that associates web-content directly with its owner. Two main strengths of Google+'s social site are photography and its "Hangout" feature.

 

Keek Keek is a free online social networking service that allows its users to upload video status updates, which are called "keeks". Users can post keeks to the keek website using a webcam or via the Keek mobile apps. Users can also reply back with text or video comments, known as "keekbacks", and share content to other major social media networks.

 

Instagram Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr., and Flickr. Users are also able to record and share short videos lasting for up to 15 seconds. 

 
Snapchat is a photo messaging application. Using the app, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of individuals. These photographs and videos are known as "Snaps". Users set a time limit for how long an receiving individual can view their Snaps, after which they will be hidden from the receiving individual's device and deleted from Snapchat's servers.  
 

Whisper is a free social networking app and website that encourages users to share secrets. Whisper is a service that allows users to communicate by posting and viewing publicly available content and sending private messages. Unlike other services, users do not register for unique accounts on Whisper. Whisper assigns a non-unique display name to each user, and multiple users may be assigned the same display name.

 

tumblr. Tumblr., a micro-blogging platform and social networking website, allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs, as well as make their blogs private. Users collect and share items of interest with fellow users,from videos to images to blog posts.


 

Vine Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short looping video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum clip length of six seconds and can be shared to Vine's social network, or to other services such as Twitter. 

 

Twitter is an online social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. 

 

Frankly is mobile application allowing friends, coworkers, family members, and personal contacts to communicate safely and privately. Frankly users can engage in one-on-one conversations or enter group chats with multiple users. Group chats are, by default, anonymous – that is, the user will know who is in a group room, but not who is saying anything. 

 

Kik is an instant messaging application for mobile devices.Kik allows users to share photos, sketches, voice messages, and other content. Kik Messenger requires users to register a username as form of identification. 


 

WeChat provides multimedia communication with text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast messaging, photo/video sharing, location sharing, and contact information exchange. WeChat supports social networking via shared streaming content feeds and location-based social plug-ins to chat with and connect with local and international WeChat users. Photos can be taken and embellished with artistic filters, captions, and placed into a personal photo journal for sharing with other users.

 

WhatsApp
lets users send text messages, audio messages, videos, and photos to one or many people with no message limits or fees.The price is right; for teens who have a hard time keeping within the limits of a standard texting plan, the ability to send unlimited messages for free is a definite bonus.
 

Pheed enables users to share all forms of digital content, including text, photo, audio, video, and live broadcasts. “Pheeders” then have the option to share for free or at a premium, either by applying a monthly subscription fee to their channel or setting up a pay-per-view live broadcast event. 
 

Foursquare is a social media app designed for older teenagers and adults. It allows users to communicate their whereabouts and post it to sites including Twitterand Facebook, thereby encouraging others to meet up with them. Depending on a user’s settings, strangers could see this information, making the app unsuitable for younger teens. Also, some of the information and tips posted by users pertains to adult venues, such as bars, and could contain mature content and language.
 

Tinder is a photo and messaging dating app for browsing photos of potential matches within a certain mile radius of the user's location. Swipe right to "like" a photo or left to "pass." If a person whose photo you "liked" swipes "like" on your photo, the app allows you to message each other. Along with seeking and messaging matches, users can post "moments," which are images and messages that exist for 24 hours and then disappear. Tinder's terms of use indicate that it can be used by anyone 13 and up, but the app has a widespread reputation as a hookup site, and it uses location sharing, and has a lack of privacy settings.
 

Pinterest is like a digital pinboard that people use to share, save, and categorize images and ideas for everything from crafting, tattoos, and photography to cooking, decorating, and collecting stuff. Although most pins people post are pretty clean, there's some not-for-kids stuff that teens may happen across (pins that include nudity in the tattoo category, for example); and they will definitely find iffy stuff if they intentionally search for it. 
 
Ringya is a group messaging tool.  Set up for parents to manage all the different groups they are a part of.
  
Hide it Pro allows users to hide personal pictures, application, messages and videos on their phones.  It is disguised as an "Audio Manager" on the phone.  Teens use this to hide content they do not wish their parents to see and has been used to hide images exchanged during sexting.  This is just one of many apps of its kind.  

Wanelo
 
(Want, Need, Love) combines shopping, fashion blogging, and social networking all in one. It's very popular among teens, allowing them to discover, share, and buy products they like.
Teens keep up with the latest styles by browsing Wanelo's "trending" feed, which aggregates the items that are most popular across the site. They can also cultivate their own style through the "My Feed" function, which displays content from the users, brands, and stores they follow.


Yik Yak is a free, location-aware, social-networking app that lets users post "anything and everything" anonymously through brief, Twitter-like comments, which are distributed to the geographically nearest 500 people who are also signed in to the app. Kids can find out opinions, secrets, rumors, and more. Plus, they'll get the bonus thrill of knowing all these have come from a 1.5-mile radius (maybe even from the kids at the desks in front of them!).


Ask.fm is a social site that lets kids ask questions and answer those posted by other users -- sometimes anonymously. Although there are some friendly interactions on Ask.fm -- Q&As about favorite foods or crushes, for example -- there are lots of mean comments and some creepy sexual posts. This iffy content is part of the site's appeal for teens.


Omegle is a chat site (and app) that puts two strangers together in their choice of a text chat or video chat room. Being anonymous can be very attractive to teens, and Omegle provides a no-fuss opportunity to make connections. Its "interest boxes" also let users filter potential chat partners by shared interests.


Yo. is a bare-bones social app that sends a short text message to friends and family, simply reading "Yo" (and speaking the word aloud). That's it. This admittedly silly concept has taken off big-time since the app's release in mid-2014. Although it may not seem like much, this single word has the potential to let friends and family know you're thinking of them and just wanted to say, you know, "Yo."   

 
Telegram is a messaging app quickly gaining popularity for its encryption and other privacy-centered features.  It allows you to send messages to individual users or groups of users.  As it as the ability to delete messages from the sending and receiving phone on time-based rules the sender sets, it appeals specifically to users who want to send messages but not have a permanent record of them.