This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 8/26/2016


Do teen social media preferences come down to intimacy vs. immediacy? The Wall Street Journal interviewed experts on why 5 – 15% of teens don’t use social media at all. We haven’t met any of them, by the way.

Teens Who Say No to Social Media


The media’s fascination with how teens really use social media continues. There is an unwritten code of conduct, especially on Instagram. “If I’m not touching 40 likes, I’m probably going to delete it.” These teens are extremely plugged in, and “recognize guidelines that govern their social habits.”




Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 11.27.22 AMSnapchat is currently to go-to app for millennials and teens. Everybody wants a piece of the pie, and Apple may be its next competitor.
Apple is reportedly developing a Snapchat killer

Messaging app WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has avoided showing ads to users so far. This week, news broke that they will start sharing user data with Facebook. Permission creep continues. Good news: users can opt out, and should.

WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing: How to opt out of the invasive new terms


It seems to me that teens know this but parents might not: our kids are more likely to be cyberbullied by “friends” than by strangers. Sad but true.

Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers


This week we did a quick review of Lifestage, Facebook’s new app just for high school students. App store rankings and a lack of buzz make it look like it’s anything but a hit. It has a 2-star rating in the iOS App Store, and is not in the top 100 free downloads. That’s a good thing, since it’s a privacy disaster. FB addresses part of that here.

Facebook’s new app for high schoolers raises privacy concerns


Teen dating was difficult enough before social media. When things get tough and relationships end, Snapchat can add salt to the wounds.

Why Snapchat is hell for the brokenhearted


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