Just as in chat rooms and social sites, kids need to think about who they text and talk with.They should never text/talk about sex with strangers.Phones should only be used to communicate with people they know in the real world. Since young people’s social lives increasingly fold in cell phones as well as the Web, cyberbullying and harassment have gone mobile too.Talk with your kids about how the same manners and ethics you’ve always taught them apply on phones and the Web as in “real life.” Mobile social networking.Adult Chat Rooms If you are looking for other adults to chat with check out our free adult chat rooms.We have adults from all over the world chatting in our online chat rooms.Talk with your teens about where they’re accessing their profiles or blogs from and whether they’re using the same good sense about how they’re social networking on their phones. More and more cell phones have GPS technology installed, which means teens who have these phones can pinpoint their friends’ physical location – or be pinpointed by their friends.Talk with your kids about using such technology and advise them to use it only with friends they know in person. Most mobile phones we use today have cameras, some videocams – and teens love to share media with friends on all types of mobile devices.
Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project found that messaging on social media leads to face-to-face interactions when plans are made via the sites and social media users messaged close friends an average of 39 days each year while seeing close friends in person 210 days each year.Based on a representative sample of 1,060 US teens ages 13 to 17, the survey was taken September 25 to October 9, 2014, and February 10 to March 16, 2015.US teens aged 13 to 17 own or have access to multiple connected devices including a smartphone, basic cellphone, computer (desktop or laptop), tablet and/or gaming console.Opponents of social networking say that the sites prevent face-to-face communication; waste time on frivolous activity; alter children’s brains and behavior making them more prone to ADHD; expose users to predators like pedophiles and burglars; and spread false and potentially dangerous information.After George Middle School in Portland, Oregon, introduced a social media program to engage students, grades went up by 50%, chronic absenteeism went down by 33%, and 20% of students school-wide voluntarily completed extra-credit assignments.If you would like a private room feel free to make one and put a password on it so nobody can enter but the adults that you choose.