Social Media Explained to Parents

In today’s digitally connected world, it is undeniable that social media plays a vital role in our lives. If you are a parent, you might feel that you are old enough and that you cannot understand how various social media types work. With this, keep on reading and we will have a quick look at some of the most popular social media types that you can access online. 14002339_10153853767451903_69563750_o


With Twitter, users will be able to post updates with 140 characters. You can also share links about articles that you find interesting, and their URLs can be shortened to fit the character limit. It is popular for getting first-hand updates from your favourite celebrities through following their respective Twitter accounts.


Life is more fun when you live in the moment – this is what Snapchat believes in. You can take a picture, send video, and edit it by adding doodles. You can also do face swaps and add other special effects to have fun. You can send your snaps to your friends, and they will be automatically deleted once they have been viewed. You get to decide to whom you will be sharing your content.


Among all the social media sites, Facebook is the most popular as it has more than one billion individual and corporate users around the globe. You can create your own profile for free, search for friends, and connect with them. You can upload photos and videos and send instant messages. It is also being used by businesses to promote their products and services.


Known as The Front Page of the Internet, Reddit may seem complicated at first. It starts with links submitted by the users. They can ask a question and other members will answer. You can upvote, which means that the answer will be placed on the top, and you can downvote, which means that the answer is irrelevant, and hence, with more downvotes, it will be placed on the bottom.



This is a photo and video sharing app. You can take a photo or a video and share it to your friends, or also known as followers. There are also different filters, providing users with the opportunity to edit the photos before they are published online. There is also a feature that will allow you to directly send a private message to other people.


This is a micro-blogging platform that will allow users to easily share contents to the rest of the world. Unlike Facebook and other social media sites, the focus includes photos, videos, texts, quotes, and links. You can follow other Tumblr accounts and view their updates in chronological order.


Upon being a member of Pinterest, you can pin images. You can pin almost anything that suits your interests. Once you have an image pinned, it can be repined by other members, which can possibly make one photo viral. It is commonly used by hobbyists looking for inspirations for their next DIY arts and crafts.


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