Social Media: Understanding a Teen's World

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Social media sites play a role in providing information and advice to teens on how to use prescription drugs to get high. Teens are exposed to offers of prescription drugs through social media sites, e-mail spam, or pop-ups. 

It is never too late for parents to get acquainted with various websites, social media sites, and the slang terms teens use to communicate while texting and using social media. 

Some popular apps include:

  • Snapchat (create photo, video, caption)
  • Tumblr (users can post photos, videos, gifs and more in a microblogging format)
  • Twitch (app where users can livestream themselves playing video games)


Did you know? Many of these apps are free to download from apps stores. In addition, kids are often one step ahead of their parents in the latest privacy settings, allowing them to block their “friended” parents from viewing their activity on these sites until the parent figures it out.

How do you help a child develop skills to make good choices? Ensure they use their online privileges wisely? Avoid inappropriate behavior or inaccurate information?

1. Talk to your child about the implications of their actions when using the internet and social media.

2. Monitor what your children do online and on the phone by becoming acquainted with the websites and mobile apps they use.

3. Block inappropriate content by using parental control features to monitor and manage your teen’s computer use. Buy parental control software that allows you to view recorded computer, smartphone and tablet activity from the internet.

4. Enable the restrictions tab via Safari on your children’s Smartphone to block their browsing the internet, using the camera inappropriately, or spending money at an App store.

5. Learn about webspeak, the abbreviated language that kids use while texting on their cell phone or Smartphone, and talking in chat rooms or instant messaging.

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