Kids can send 140-character messages (called tweets) out to a network of followers. Twitter says its users should be 13 and up, but Commonsensemedia.org recommends kids be 15 to use this powerful social networking app. Twitter can help kids stay up on current events and learn about virtually any topic. But parents be aware that this app has the ability to post the user’s location (street and city) with each tweet. Talk to your teen about using the privacy setting to keep tweets within a known group of friends and remember that Twitter is not always used in a positive manner so kids could be exposed to bullying, negative messages, and misinformation, warns Commonsensemedia.org.
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