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Popular Tween & Teen Social Media Sites

There are literally thousands of Social Media sites and networks in existence. Knowing which ones your child is participating in can go a long way to keeping them safer online and in the real world. We’ve compiled a list of 2017’s most popular social media sites among tweens and teens.

Last Updated: 21 April 2017Please let us know if this list needs to be updated

4chan.orgProbably a collection of the worst of the Internet in one place. Users are mostly anonymous.
8chan (8ch.net)On 8chan, you can create an imageboard for free with no experience or programming knowledge needed, which can result in extremely inappropriate content.
9Gag.comAn image/social board that consists mostly of very inappropriate content.
AfterSchoolAdvertised as “Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments” in the AppleStore, this anonymous app by Ambient is much like YikYak and Whisper. This app allows sexual and graphic images. Learn more about AfterSchool in this Safe Smart Social video.
AirtimeThis mobile app is a video-based chat and is advertised as almost feeling like being in the same room as your friend.
Appear.inA registration-free video chatting site. Also a mobile app.
Ask.fmAsk.fm is a social network where members interact by inviting others to ask anonymous questions. Ask.fm has a Safety Center to “empower users with the information, guidance and tools they need to navigate safely and enjoy the service.” Watch this Safe Smart Social video to learn more.
AvocadoA chatting app for couples. Users can share pictures, calendars, chat privately and doodle on photos.
BadooMobile messaging. Less popular than Whatsapp or Kik.
BeboThis is an older, defunct website that has relaunched as an app on both Android and iOS. The main component is video group chatting. Utilizing your contacts, it adds poeple to your friends’ list.
Best Secret FolderAn iOS app that is used if you don’t want anyone to know that you downloaded a privacy app. The icon is disguised as “My Utilities,” so no one will ever guess there are private photos tucked away in your phone. There is an “Intruder stopper” option plays fake video upon opening.
BubbleA private messaging app that takes from your existing social media profiles and adds them to your “bubble.” The content is posted for all of your friends to see. Direct messaging is one of the main features of this app.
Burn NoteA texting app that erases messages after a set period. Messages are stored until first viewed and then deleted.
Chatbulb.comA free web-based chat room. Enter any username of your choice and start chatting. There is no signup or age verification. The usernames are often sexually graphic.
ChatRoulette.comThis website allows people to anonymously video chat online with anyone and without any security blocks or filters. Frequently people are unclothed in the chats.
CreepypastaInternet horror stories passed around on forums and other sites to disturb and frighten readers. Includes stories from Slender Man, a fictional character that inspired two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls to stab and nearly kill a friend.
Disney LOLAn app designed especially for kids that mimics most social media apps, but consists entirely Disney-related content.
Disney MixAn app designed by Disney for safe messaging with your friends. There are strict community guidelines and the app has 24-hour support moderation.
DOWN – DatingFormerly named Bang With Friends it has been criticized for not delivering what it promises for adults 18 and older. The premise of the website is to setup discrete sexual encounters with Facebook friends. Those friends only know about somebody’s interest when they reciprocate through the app.
Down to LunchAn app used for inviting a group of friends to a particular place or event. There have been rumors about the app being connected to sex trafficking, but the makers assure they are not true. The comments by some teenagers who use it mention that scheduled fights, rumors and sexual encounters are often found on the app.
DropboxStudents can receive communications from unknown users. Gaggle Safety Management has found evidence of sexting taking place via Dropbox.
ElloBasically, Tumblr meets Pinterest. This site caters to artists who want to reach out to a broader audience. It has a “Not Safe For Work” (NSFW) mode and does not ask for age at sign up.
Facebook & Facebook MessengerA leading social network. Facebook Messenger allows for photo and video exchange as well as phone calls. Learn more about Facebook in this Safe Smart Social video. Access the Parent’s Guide to Facebook from CyberWise.
FessAn anonymous app for high schoolers to post confessions. Users are validated that they’re in high school through their Facebook accounts.
FireChatApp that lets users chat without an internet or phone connection. FireChat uses a hidden iOS feature known as Multipeer Connectivity Framework (MCF) to relay messages instead of sending messages using a mobile signal. The free app creates its own network where each mobile device on it becomes a ‘node.’
Fling / Super FlingAn app that allows you to send a text, photo or video to 50 completely random users anywhere in the world.
FoursquareGoal-based location sharing. Kids can share their exact location to a public audience at any time.
Gallery LockAn Android app used to hide photos. It lets you put the app icon in “Stealth Mode,” so it doesn’t appear on your phone. It will also catch a photo of any intruder with your phone’s front-facing camera after three failed password attempts.
Google DuoDuo is a very easy to use 1-to-1 video chatting app. It can be used over cellular data as well as Wi-Fi.
Grom SocialAn online social networking website for kids between the ages of 5–16 years. Founded with the intention of creating a safe social networking site for kids.
GroupmeFor iOS and Android, this app is a group texting app that can also be used through your native SMS.
HappnThis app saves the profiles of other users if you are in the same vicinity. Happn has a mature rating. Features include sending secret likes as well as “charms.”
HelloFor both iOS and Android, this app contains categories of interests you can pick from. Based on what you like, post and the response from the community you will move up or down the leaderboard.
Hide It ProAn Android and iOS app disguised as a fully functional audio manager. It’s a secret vault that protects all your secret content. The program will disappear from the recent apps list, too, leaving all tracks covered.
HitweA free dating app available on Apple and Android. The app seems to be riddled with spambots. One of the promotional elements involves meeting the people you discover and contains location information.
IMVUThis site is a virtual world where users control their avatars to navigate and chat with other users. There are over 50 million accounts and the site continues to grow.
InstagramUsers can post photos and have their followers comment. Recently Instagram has been in the news regarding its growing popularity for trading or selling drugs online.
KeekFacebook, but with videos. Users post and share short videos. We’ve seen some inappropriate content via email notifications.
KeepSafeA simple Android and iOS app with basic password protection for photos and videos. Capable of sending ‘self-destructing’ photos to others.
KikAn instant message service that also allows photo sharing. It is loaded with sex and porn spammers. Gaggle has seen many incidents via this app with inappropriate photos. Watch a real story about an incident on Kik involving a real student.
KYMSAn Android and iOS app that is used to hide photos, PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and text files. The app’s icon is disguised as a calculator. There is a “panic gesture” that closes app immediately when placing a hand over the screen.
LinkelloThis video calling app makes video chatting easy. Without any member signup, you can start a chat room and send the link via text or email.
LiveJournalA social networking service where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary.
MagistoThis app features auto-video editing. Just add your visual media from your device and Magisto automatically generates a polished video with graphics and background music. You can then share your video with links to many social media sites.
MeerKatA live video streaming app that allows users to share real-time video with viewers on the app and Twitter. The app has opened doors to kids to be vulnerable to cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate content, sexual predators, and the list goes on.
Meet MeA social networking site that lets users tailor their searches for potential social contacts by age and geography. The app is rated for ages 17+.
MeWeA social media app that stands for the privacy of its users. It claims there is no tracking of the information posted and the user owns all content posted. MeWe promises a place where there is no censorship. The content is similar.
MixxxerThis app is a mobile sex finder. Available on Android and iOS, this sexually explicit app is for adults only. Signing up for a membership is easy and the age verification is very minimal.
Myex.comTop “Revenge-porn” website.
OKCupidDating website used for sex.
OgleAn anonymous app that connects users to school groups. Due to the anonymity of the app, the content is often inappropriate for children.
OmegleAn instant message service that promises chats with random strangers. Also has a website that can be used instead of downloading the app.
Onlydtf.comA dating site that contains very inappropriate sexual content.
OovooA popular video chat among teens that is similar to Skype. It is a free download and lets you chat and video call others using a webcam. You can have group video chats. Users can have group chats.
PathStrictly mobile-based social networking. Similar to Facebook.
PeriscopeA new app created by Twitter that allows users to broadcast live video and audio online. There have been reports of harassment and bullying. It has become a concern of the parents of many of the children and teenagers. The fear is that they are opening themselves up to all situations of abuse. Another concern is the location sharing feature. If users neglect to turn off the location sharing feature, viewers can locate the Periscope user.
Photo LockerA hidden photo app on Android. This app lets you securely hide photos and videos of others. It has stealth mode that hides the app from the Android app drawer.
PhotoSwapAnonymous photo exchanging with a significant amount of sexual content.
Plenty Of Fish “POF”A cross-platform dating application with easy messaging. Often used for casual sex.
Private Photo (Calculator%) The app appears to be a simple calculator, but by punching in a code will unlock a private photo album. It allows private photos and videos to be hidden behind a calculator icon, called “Calculator%”.
Private Photo VaultAn iOS app with only one purpose: to hide. It allows you import photos into albums and hide them behind a PIN lock. There is an option to set up a decoy password that launches a different set of pictures.
RazerGoA location-based messaging app made specifically for Pokemon Go players. The developers have launched the web version, and a mobile version is coming soon.
RealtalkThis messaging app features video chatting. Depending on your status, people will message you with anonymous video clips.
RogerAn app featuring free voice calling and group chats. You can store the recordings on the app permanently or they will expire after 48 hours.
ShortsThis app, available for iOS, connects your friend’s camera rolls. You can see every picture or video taken using their phones.
ShotsThis app features user uploaded photos. It is very similar to Instagram. There is also a private message feature.
SkoutAn app made for meeting people to flirt. The app is for 13+ but with no real age verification, anyone could sign up.
SlidelyIn this app, you create slideshows using your photos on any device. You can add music, share with friends or make the slideshow public for the world to see.
Smack HighAn app geared towards high school students that allow kids to share instant school specific news and happenings by talking “smack” about others. On March 25, 2016, Giuseppe Stuto, Co-Founder & CEO of Smack High, contacted us and said, “Since December (2015), our new mobile app does not support anonymous smack talk and is now a group messenger application. Our app today has several moderators who do not condone any form of offensive, mean chatter, and we actually ban users who do so.”
Smart Hide CalculatorAn Android app which not only hides files, but also hides itself. It appears to be a calculator. Entering a code will unlock the photo album.
SmuleAn app gaining a lot of notoriety through celebrity appearances, Smule is totally music-based. It’s most popular feature is the karaoke recorder. The main attraction is the friend-to-friend split-screen singing sessions.
Snap (formerly Snapchat)An app that allows users to send photo and videos that the app promises disappear within seconds. Watch this CyberWise video to learn more.
SnowThis app uses filters very similar to Snapchat. The app claims to have more variety and allows friends to share directly through existing messaging apps.
SochatAn app for chatting with friends using an email address. It has numerous features that let you interact with your friends list. One advertised feature is “self-destruct,” which allows you to make a message disappear after a short period of time.
SocialcraveThis site is almost identical to Myspace. It shares many of the same features and is very easy to create an account.
Spy CalcAn iOS app with only one purpose; to hide. An app disguised to be a calculator. Entering a code will unlock the photo album.
Steam ChatThis chat app is for users of the popular gaming program called Steam. Users can chat online or through their mobile devices. The games through the program cost money, but a store and chat are free to signup.
StreetchatIn April 2014, a new App called “Gaggle – Local Message Board” appeared on iTunes, and subsequently the Google Play Store, which is not affiliated with our company. It has since been renamed “Streetchat – Local Message Board.” Watch this video to learn more.
SuperflyA private video chat app featuring live video editing and special effects. Only those you add can see your video. You can also save your videos to your camera roll. This app is exclusive to iOS.
Tagged.comA social network that teenagers use for meeting new people that allows members to browse the profiles of other members, play games, and share tags and virtual gifts. Recently in the news for “sextortion.”
talk.ioA video chat site similar to Appear.in. What sets it apart are the hundreds of current chat rooms available. No registration is needed to access all the features, including live chat and cam to cam video chatting.
TalkshowThis app is for iOS only. Its primary use involves gaining followers through hosting live talk shows, live text-based conversations with your friends.
TalkyFree video chatting. All you need to enter a chat room is the name of the room. There are no sign-ups or log-ins to remember.
TangoA video calling app with stickers, filters and other features, all with an emphasis on group messaging. Tango promotes finding people all over the world.
TinderA voting-/photo-based location-sharing dating website often used for casual sex.
TinychatGroup video chat room. Most of the rooms have adult content and are moderated anonymously.
Trivia CrackA mobile app that allows users to compete against friends and people around the world. The app itself is fine, but there is a play a random person feature and a chat feature. Those combined could be a little dangerous.
TruthApp used to message your phone contacts anonymously.
TumblrA website that allows kids to post anything from anywhere, customize everything, and find and follow anything they want. Our Student Safety Representatives frequently see extremely inappropriate content related to sex/pornography and drugs.
TuurntA social media app made specifically for the party atmosphere. Upload videos of what you and your friends are doing at the time, post them and see how many replies you receive. All promotional material seems to promote the party lifestyle.
TwitterA micro-blogging site. Can contain inappropriate links, images and videos, and can be shared publicly or to a chosen group privately. Visit Twitter’s “Safety Center” to see how they are committed to building a safer Twitter.
UpcloseA video streaming app that tries to make connecting with an audience as simple as possible. It is incredibly easy to start streaming and chatting live with your followers. You can signup using your Facebook or Twitter account.
VaultyThis Android app can hide photos in a password-protected folder as well edit photos.
ViberA cross-platform chat application with chat and photo sharing.
Video KikSend videos of any length on Kik Messenger. It is flooded with sex spammers and has become super easy for kids to access all kinds of porn.
Volafile.ioVolafile is a live file sharing and chat website that needs no registration or membership. It is completely anonymous so the content is often inappropriate.
VoxerMobile-based messaging. Easy voice/image/location sharing.
WhatsAppOwned by Facebook and similar to Kik, WhatsApp also includes 1:1 video calling. Read “What’s Up With WhatsApp?
WhisperIntended for users age 17 and older, Whisper is an anonymous social “confessional” app that allows users to post whatever’s on their mind. Users type a confession, add a background image, and share it with a user community. Watch this Safe Smart Social video to learn more about Whisper.
XangaXanga is a website that hosts weblogs, photoblogs, and social networking profiles.
Yik YakSimilar to ask.fm, but views are limited to those geographically close to the poster. Yik Yak is now blocked in 85% of all high schools, according to the company. Watch this CyberWise video to learn more.
You NowA live video streaming app, where kids as young as 7 years of age are videoing themselves to win points. Children are being viewed and followed by adults.
ZobeZobe is an anonymous chat room that doesn’t require registration to use.