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2/20/2019

While you may have heard of Facebook, Spotify, and Venmo, less widely known apps like Tellonym, Zepeto, and Monkey are growing in popularity, especially among young people. New apps such as these provide unique experiences for content creation and online engagement. With the opportunites these apps create come significant risks as well. Internet safety and privacy practices for parents, children, and teenagers can help ensure a safer app experience.

Here’s StayHipp’s detailed guide to apps used for social media, dating, anonymous messaging and feedback, forums, live streaming, live chats, avatars, entertainment, and education.

Anonymous Messaging, Feedback, And Forum Apps

Anonymous messaging apps promise to let people know what their peers “really think about them” and to use brutal honesty to have intimate conversations and grow as people. These apps often attract teenage users who are looking for an outlet to communicate through anonymous interactions. Unfortunately, these apps consistently foster toxic environments as some people take advantage of their anonymity to cyberbully others or engage in illicit activities.

  • 330 million monthly users.
  • 1.2 million separate forums – subreddits – dedicated to a variety of topics.
  • Semi-anonymous: usernames are pseudonyms.
The Complete Reddit App Guide
  • Social networking app with over 2.5 million specific “communities.”
  • Users spend an average of 70 minutes a day on the platform.
  • Geared towards a teen audience.
The Complete Amino App Guide
  • Over 13o million users.
  • Chats geared towards gamers discussing strategy, fandom, and lore.
  • Other chats dedicated to topics including fandoms, anime, memes, and more.
The Complete Discord App Guide

New Forms Of Entertainment

A variety of apps combine entertainment with aspects of social media, blurring lines between what is virtual, fictional, and real-life.

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Live Streaming & Live Chat

Starting with early iterations Chatroulette and Omegle, random video chat apps have always been about voyeurism, and exhibitionism. While some users may be drawn to the potential in meeting a new person online, they can easily meet someone who is there for questionable reasons. Some of these apps are known for being overrun with people seeking to have chats of a sexual nature. Even when apps effectively block sexual content and cyberbullying, they are not appropriate for children.

  • Live broadcasting app similar to Twitch.
  • Some streamers broadcast almost every aspect of their daily lives.
  • Viewers can chat with broadcasters.
The Complete YouNow App Guide
  • Random live video chat app.
  • Users can chat with people who share their interests.
  • Each chat is fifteen seconds long with the option to extend it after that.
The Complete Monkey App Guide
  • 15 million daily active users and over 2 million monthly broadcasters.
  • Many streams are gaming-related.
  • Twitch IRL features streamers’ daily activities, ASMR, talk shows, podcasts, etc.
The Complete Twitch App Guide

Avatar Apps

An avatar is a digital representation of a person – sort of like a personalized emoji. Avatars can be used to recreate what a person looks like IRL, or to create a different version of oneself. Some avatars can be copied and pasted onto social media and into text messages. Others can interact with each other in virtual worlds through games and social networking components.

  • Offers 1.999 septillion possible avatar configurations.
  • Expressive avatars appear in a variety of situations.
  • Connects to Snapchat and text messaging.
The Complete Bitmoji App Guide
  • 3D-like avatars navigate virtual worlds.
  • Avatars can chat and interact with each other.
  • Commonly used for pursuing online adult relationships.
The Complete IMVU App Guide
  • Avatars have a 3D appearance and can move.
  • Virtual coins can be used to purchase dance moves, hairstyles, and decorations.
  • Social networking components allow avatars to interact with each other.
The Complete Zepeto App Guide

Photo & Video Editing & Sharing

Advanced photo and video editing software are becoming more accessible and widespread through free apps. Some of these apps are geared towards teenagers and have social media components that allow them to instantly share their creations.

  • Replaces lyrics to popular songs with user-generated text.
  • Parody songs can be edited into video form.
  • App includes social media components.
The Complete Ditty App Guide

Educational Tools

Apps can provide educational information, homework help, and learning tools. Many of these apps are geared towards students.

Dating Apps

Dating apps can increase someone’s dating pool, lead to meaningful relationships, and/or perpetuate hookup culture. As almost every aspect of our lives has an online component, some people use dating apps for casual relationships, while others use them to find a long-term partner. Different dating apps can cater to someone’s specific preferences of who they want to date and how they want apps to facilitate their first impressions.

  • Focus on personality and interests in addition to photos.
  • App asks questions to test compatibility.
  • Swipe-based, but geared towards people looking for long-term relationships.
The Complete OKCupid App Guide
  • Intended for finding long-term partners.
  • Matches answer prompt based questions to learn more about each other.
  • Matches are personalized and the app follows-up to see how a date went.
The Complete Hinge App Guide
  • Has options for dating: Bumble Date, networking: Bumble Bizz, and meeting friends: Bumble BFF.
  • Only women can initiate conversations.
  • Swipe-based, but intended for all kinds of relationships.
The Complete Bumble App Guide

The Basics

Social media, communication

Apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter have changed how people express themselves, gather knowledge about the world, and relate to each other.

  • 2 billion monthly active users worldwide.
  • Users interact with friends through their personal profiles.
  • Includes photo and video sharing, chats, groups, an online marketplace, live streaming, and more.
The Complete Facebook App Guide
  • Send photos and videos that “disappear” after a few seconds.
  • Stories feature lets users share a photo will all of their friends.
  • 180 million monthly active users.
The Complete Snapchat App Guide
  • 100 million daily active users.
  • Tweets are made-up of text with 240 characters or less, videos, and/or photos.
  • Twitter is used for news, comedy, memes, following celebrities, and more.
The Complete Twitter App Guide

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