Kids Leaving Facebook, Heading where…?

Facebook is in decline. If you don’t believe it, consider this stat: In December 2012 Facebook reportedly experienced a traffic drop of 1.4 million users. Lots of adults are fed up with the social media giant, with its incessant advertising and ever-changing privacy rules topping the list of reasons to bail.

Teens are leaving for other reasons, mainly because they perceive Facebook as overrun with parent-types. Some even cite “too much drama” as their reason for shutting up shop.

Where are kids heading?

They’re not about to ditch social media any time soon, so kids are looking for–or have already found–hidey-holes and parent-free zones in cyberspace.

The kids leaving Facebook are going somewhere–but where? They certainly aren’t abandoning cyberspace. For parents, it can be a case of what you don’t know COULD hurt you (or your kids).Common Sense Media has listed 11 post-Facebook cyber-hangouts that parents need to know about, including:

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Tumblr
  • Pheed
  • Ask.fm
  • Kik Messenger
  • Google+
  • Vine
  • Wanelo
  • Oovoo

The Common Sense Media article is fantastic because it gives a little information about each site, focusing on three things about each that parents should know. Read it here.

Want More Info?

Here are links to my articles on Snapchat, Kik, Tumblr, and Ask.fm. In the aftermath of a Facebook exodus, parents may find themselves grappling with the potential problems of these different online activities.

Common Sense Media is a wonderful resource for parents. It describes itself as a “leading independent non-profit advocating for kids.” They provide expert, timely advice on all kinds of media, not just the things your kids might encounter online. They provide balanced reviews of books, movies, games, music, and more. Because their work is worth replugging, here’s more info…