Adult chat and sharing
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: 's creators intended the app's fleeting images to be a way for teens to share fun, light moments without the risk of having them go public.And that's what most teens use it for: sending goofy or embarrassing photos to one another.Teens can use these apps to more carefully manage their digital trails -- so long as they don't share things they wouldn't normally send otherwise.: A messaging app that erases messages after a set period of time.They can reference teachers and other students, and it's likely that other users will know who they're talking about.Because it's anonymous, teens can feel free to be totally candid.
Temporary Apps Temporary apps allow people to send messages and images that self-destruct after a set time window.
What parents need to know: : As with other messaging apps, Kik lets you send texts, pictures, and video.
But it also offers lots of other mini-apps that let you do everything from exchange virtual greeting cards to chat with strangers.
Depending on what they want to say and to whom, teens choose the app that best fits their needs.
If they don't want a message to hang around, they'll use a temporary app such as This so-called "narrowcasting" (as opposed to broadcasting) is probably a positive trend and prevents some oversharing.It's limited to text; users can't send pictures or video.