It's limited to text; users can't send pictures or video.Why it's popular: Its text-only platform, plus its unique display system that reveals only one word at a time, make it feel more secretive than similar apps.
At school my oldest uses a Group Messaging app for teams, classes etc.
called Bubble which I check weekly to see if there's anything else going on.
Teens may pay more attention to Snapchats that they receive, knowing they'll disappear in a matter of seconds.
What parents need to know: Christine Elgersma wrangles learning and social media app reviews and creates parent talks as Senior Editor, Parent Education.
Here's what you need to know about the anonymous and disappearing-message apps you're likely to find on your kid's phone: Anonymous Apps and Sites On the positive side, going incognito online helps us express ourselves in ways we might not be able to in the real world.
On the negative side, anonymous apps are often riddled with inappropriate content. Ask.fm: A social site that lets kids ask questions and answer those posted by other users -- sometimes anonymously.Why it's popular: Although there are some friendly interactions on -- Q&As about favorite foods or crushes, for example -- there are lots of mean comments and some creepy sexual posts.This iffy content is part of the site's appeal for teens.Before coming to Common Sense, she helped cultivate and create ELA curriculum for a K-12 app...Read more Be careful and pay attention to what your kids put on their phone.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.