Cyber chat zone
When people say, "There's an app for that," they're not kidding -- especially when it comes to connecting with others.
Instead of using only one way to send messages, teens (and adults) are using lots of different apps to share a secret here, stalk a crush there, or post a selfie anywhere.
What parents need to know: Christine Elgersma wrangles learning and social media app reviews and creates parent talks as Senior Editor, Parent Education.Users don't have to reveal real names, so there's a layer of anonymity.Why it's popular: You can send unlimited messages without depleting your texting limit; you can see whether someone has read your message; you can send individual or group messages; you can surf the Web from inside the app itself; and you can access tons of other content from within the app.Before coming to Common Sense, she helped cultivate and create ELA curriculum for a K-12 app...Read more Be careful and pay attention to what your kids put on their phone.
They can reference teachers and other students, and it's likely that other users will know who they're talking about.