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Worst Social Networks for Teens

One of the leading places where teens get bullied is without a doubt social media sites. Cyber bullying comes in all shapes and sizes and ranges from posting malicious updates about the “target” all the way to stalking them on these virtual platforms.

With the rise of sites such as Facebook and Twitter, kids are even more at risk than ever before and internet predators are taking advantage of this.

The website StopItcyberbully.com reports that cyberbullying includes acts such as:

  • Flaming – where vulgar language is used to fight with someone
  • Harassing – where the victim repeatedly receives inappropriate or hurtful messages from the perp.
  • Outing – where the victim’s secrets or personal info gets shared on the web
  • Exclusion – where someone intentionally gets left out or blocked from a group
  • Impersonation – where someone makes up a fake profile of the victim and posts inappropriate and harmful info.
  • Stalking – where the victim gets electronically followed by a perp with the intention of them getting scared or intimidated.

That being said, some of the very worst social media sites for your teen are:

  • Facebook – One of the most used social media platforms out there, Facebook is a prime spot for bullies to pick on people regarding matters such as their selfies, their relationship statuses and their personal status updates.
  • Instagram – Instagram has a nasty little trend going called #rateme where users get to comment on what they think about the person’s look, and sadly the comments that come out there are often times very far from kind words.
  • Vine – this social media app allows users to post and watch six-second video clips. Though most of the videos are funny and entertaining, you can only image what happens to it in the hands of a cyber-bully. It’s jammed full of inappropriate videos (everything from pot smokers to full blown porn) and the privacy concerns of this site are more than just a little sketchy.
  • Snapchat – Essentially a messaging app, Snapchat allows users to post comments and pictures that only stay online for a certain time limit. The sad reality is that what you post online never really disappears and if someone really wants to get a hold of that data, there are ways of doing so.
  • Whisper – this app was designed with sharing secrets anonymously online. The content is mostly either sexual or dark and although it may be an “anonymous” post, the app encourages users to share their details with one another using the “Meet Up” feature.
  • Yik Yak – this free social app allows uses to post twitter-like posts to the 500 geographically nearest users. It’s a way of revealing your location and generally appears to be a trouble bomb waiting to go off with all the cyberbullying, sexual content, location sharing and exposure to drugs on there.

The days where Facebook was the only social media platform that put teens in vulnerable scenarios are long gone. You don’t need to be a pro with the features of the apps and sites to know if they post a risk to your teen though. They should be able to explore their digital world to the full extent, but educating them on the possible repercussions that their online behavior could have is a great way of ensuring their online safety.

 
 

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