Description: A way to share your life’s moments 280 characters at a time. It is one of the top-10 most popular websites globally and has been around since 2006. Registered users can read and post messages or “tweets” while unregistered users can only read messages. Twitter can be used through the app or the website, www.twitter.com.
APP Store age rating: 17+ (it was rated 4+ for a decade!)
Too easy to be stupid and mean. The news is full of sports figures, celebrities, and presidents who use Twitter to “vent” and say regretful things. Twitter also gives potential cyberbullies a fast way to say dumb and hurtful things. You can delete Tweets and we also see famous people with Twitter remorse delete posts all the time.
Porn is Everywhere. On the surface, it’s just 280 characters, but just under the surface, Twitter doesn’t enforce any content controls, and it’s a haven for porn starts. The hashtag feature just creates a repository of specific themes for people to troll, i.e., #girls, #kikme, #snapchatnudes, etc.
Reputations can be damaged so quickly. Since it’s so easy to tweet whatever is on your mind, Twitter is an easy spot to do reputation damage to others and yourself, if not used carefully. Starting in February 2015, Twitter signed a deal with Google giving them access to half a billion daily tweets that will now show up in Google’s search results.
Unfiltered browsing is everywhere. All major search engines have a Twitter profile, and also have their URL’s on their profile. Through these URL’s in Twitter, e.g., google.com, yahoo.com, bing.com (even tumblr.com), users have unfiltered access to the web.
Location sharing. We share too much information about our location with the social media world, so it’s best to turn off location sharing whenever possible.
How to make Twitter a little safer:
The short answer is NO.
Twitter just makes us nervous. If using the Internet is like teaching a kid how to ride a bike, then Twitter is for adult riders.
If you do decide to give you child Twitter, the Bark app connects to the Twitter account and monitors for inappropriate or risky search terms, and then sends a report to parents. Bark is the ONLY social media monitoring platform that we recommend.