We took a look this week at the top 12 free Social apps in the iPhone App Store to have a look at what’s new and hot, and to give parents an idea of what to be looking for on their kids’ phones. As a parent, you do check your child’s phone from time to time to see which apps she is using, right? Good.
As of this week, a lot of the old favorites are still on the list. The top 12:
- Facebook Messenger
- Emoji Keyboard 2
- What are the key takeaways?
Messaging is Hot – Facebook Messenger, Kik, WhatsApp and Line are all messaging apps, which take the place of thestandard SMS texting on users’ phones, and add fun or useful features such as group, picture or video messaging, voice calling, stickers and emoticons. If you’re still texting your teen using the SMS function on your phone, you might be the only one. Facebook Messenger is probably #1 because it added free wifi phone calls to its feature set this month. Skype fits in here as well although it is used more for voice calling than messaging.
Social Network Leaders Are Clear For Now – Depending on your age, sex and interests, the question of which social network you use most often on your phone has probably been answered, whether it is Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. Badoo, the social network mostly focused on dating, holds a surprising spot in the top 12.
Video – Vine is Twitter’s short video recording and sharing app, and VineGrab (new!) allows users to download and save Vine videos. Vine acts more like a Twitter add-on than a network unto itself, and Vine videos can spread quickly.
What’s Missing? – You may have noticed that Instagram and Snapchat are not on the list. They very well could be, and are still very popular, but Apple includes them in the Photo & Video category, not in Social.
There’s no doubt that the list will look a lot different a few months from now.
Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring child and teen internet activity.