Cyber chat zone
These kinds of conversations will be far from fleeting -- the benefits will last a lifetime.
Temporary Apps Temporary apps allow people to send messages and images that self-destruct after a set time window.
When people say, "There's an app for that," they're not kidding -- especially when it comes to connecting with others.
Instead of using only one way to send messages, teens (and adults) are using lots of different apps to share a secret here, stalk a crush there, or post a selfie anywhere.
Why it's popular: Although there are some friendly interactions on -- Q&As about favorite foods or crushes, for example -- there are lots of mean comments and some creepy sexual posts.
This iffy content is part of the site's appeal for teens.
Teens can use these apps to more carefully manage their digital trails -- so long as they don't share things they wouldn't normally send otherwise.
The free texting and video calls don't hurt, either.Acknowledge that, chances are, they'll come across extreme, inappropriate, or hurtful content online …and that it's OK for them to ask you about it, especially if it upsets them.Teens may pay more attention to Snapchats that they receive, knowing they'll disappear in a matter of seconds.What parents need to know: Christine Elgersma wrangles learning and social media app reviews and creates parent talks as Senior Editor, Parent Education.