Tumblr and Your Teen

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 by 2 Comments
Tumblr and Your Teen

Social Media has taken our lives by storm, no doubt about it.

When adults began using My Space, teenagers migrated to Facebook and now that even their grandparents have Facebook accounts, many teens are finding other sites where they feel that their privacy is more protected.

And that’s fine – as long as you know about the sites and can monitor them, right?

Tumbr is an increasingly popular site among teens. Consider it sort of the Pinterest of the teen crowd. Images and videos can be searched by tags and titles.

Anything from text to links can be posted from any device, plus kids can have friend lists that show what their friends are posting.  The site claims Tumblr Lets You Effortlessly Post Anything.

By merely adding a question mark to the end of a post, your teen invites the Tumblr community to answer questions and make comments. Since kids this age thrive on attention, they can go overboard in posting increasingly edgy images and comments to get even more comments.

Be aware that some of the stuff being posted is pretty adult in nature, and if you thought some of those teen videos on Facebook were extreme you should probably head over to Tumblr to see what your kids might be looking at.

The site does have a set of rules and guidelines in place, but like any large social media spot, there is no way they can keep up with everything.

No matter where your teen is hanging out on the Internet, it’s a good idea to keep track of them. You might even want to Google their name and/or screen name regularly just to see what comes up.

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Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

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Comments

  • Ruby T.

    I have never paid any attention to Tumblr. I am going to have to check it out before my kid does!

  • http://www.befreebies.com/ BeFreebies.com

    What my kids are doing on the internet has so far not been a problem but they are still relatively young. But I can imagine the day will come when I will have to resort to prying and spying to know what they are up to. I hope there is an app for that.