6 Adult Dating Apps Teens Are Using Too

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After School - Funny Anonymous School News for Confessions & Compliments

After School uses kids' Facebook profiles to verify they're students at a specific high school before granting access to the school's page within the app. From there, kids see images and posts created anonymously by other students or can create anonymous posts. The app was removed from the app store for a few hours after complaints from school administrators about bullying incidents, but it was relisted for age 17 and up with warnings about sexual content, language, drug references, and violence. Student-generated posts include frequent confession-style references (which come across more as bragging) to drugs, sex, and violence.

Bookopolis

Bookopolis is a great site for kids to connect to readers and explore books they've already read or may like to read. The website tracks and promotes reading and writing through the use of badges and points, which can possibly engage even the most reluctant of readers. Though the site doesn't promote any violence, sex, inappropriate language, or substance abuse, the stories that are separated by grade level could feature varying levels of this content within the stories. Parents will like the ease in which their children will safely explore new titles in this interactive site; kids can't join the site without using an adult's email, which means that parents also can track their children's progress and interaction on this COPPA-compliant website.

Facebook

FACEBOOK is a popular social networking site. Users connect with people of their choosing, who they can then communicate with through the platform and who can then see various aspects of what they post. Users can also play games, watch videos, decorate their page, post and tag photos, share favorite product information, "like" their favorite celebrities and social causes, and more. There are options to set privacy settings, but they are difficult to find and tricky to set.

Facebook Home

Facebook Home puts Facebook at the center of your teen's smart phone and demotes any other apps, texting, and calling capabilities to less visible spots on the device. Teens who are heavy Facebook users will probably love this app because their Facebook account's news feed becomes the phone's launch screen. Now called the cover feed, the main screen also includes a little bubble with the user's profile photo at the screen's bottom center. Turn on the phone, and posts from Facebook friends (and the user's own posts) begin to appear, then pan across the screen for a few seconds, and then another post, and another. Teens can like or comment on a post directly from the cover feed. They can also easily post their own status updates, photos, or check in simply by swiping their chat head upward. Facebook essentially becomes the focal point of a teen's phone if Facebook Home users also download Facebook Messenger, which combines texting and Facebook messaging in the form of "chat heads." Chat heads are used to send and receive Facebook messages and texts anytime, including while using other apps. Teens can still access the phone, traditional texting, and all other apps, but it requires an extra step or two. Currently, Facebook Home is only available to install on a few Android-based smart phones, and comes pre-installed on the HTC First. Parent should note that users can adjust their data use setting to high, medium, or low -- this is a key factor to consider for phones with limited data plans.

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