Return to Headlines

TWITTER

WHAT IS IT?

Twitter is a social media site and app that lets you post messages called tweets. These can be up to 280 characters long. As well as tweets, you can send private messages and post pictures and videos. You can also livestream on Twitter.

WHY DO KIDS USE IT?

Teens like using it to share quick tidbits about their lives with friends. It's also great for keeping up with what's going on in the world -- breaking news, celebrity gossip, etc.

RISKS

Sexual - HIGH

Violence - HIGH

Bullying - HIGH

Suicide and/or self harm - MEDIUM

Drugs, alcohol, crime - MEDIUM

WHAT CAN I DO?

To keep your kids safe, talk to them about turning their account to private so only their followers will be able to see their tweets.