My 14 yr old DD uses Instagram; Live Profile, Twitter, Kik; FB; Ask.fm and several other social media apps. Constantly.
Right now I'm feeling quite sick with worry about the dangers of communicating with complete strangers (we have had the chat with her many times about this) because I saw a stream of chat the other day on Ask.fm which looked distinctly like grooming to me, though she said it was from a friend. Doubtful.
I have just found out that she publishes her ask.fm and Live Profile pages on Twitter for anyone to see and I have just checked these and am horrified by the crude language going back and forth from people saying what they would like to do to her.
I'm wary of blocking these apps because at least I can keep an eye on her by checking the Ipad, otherwise if I clamp down completely then she'll just be even more secretive and use them on her Blackberry, or delete them as she goes.
Is this normal? does your DD do the same? Should I be concerned or is this normal chatter between teens nowadays? I guess it probably always went on but when its written down, seems so much worse.