Social media and mobile devices, what parents need to know

Parents, you don't see your kids posting embarrassing messages or goofy photos on Facebook so you're relieved.

The truth is, they're probably doing it on a mobile device instead.

The number of popular social media apps, available on mobile devices has exploded over the past few years.

So parents, start by looking for Snapchat or Instagram to see the photos your child is posting.

The smartest of these apps allow kids to chat with select friends and not run into the texting limits you may see with some mobile carriers. They also avoid the eyes of parents and coaches who tend to stick to Facebook.

Plus many of the new mobile apps don't require a credit card. They're free and can be used on multiple mobile devices like iPod Touch and Kindle Fire, just as long as there is an internet connection.

In February 7 Action News covered the safe return of a 13-year-old Southfield girl after she went missing for 48 hours. Her grandparents were surprised to learn the teen was using two apps; Tagged and Mocospace to have conversation with - what appeared to be - grown men.

They believe the apps could have led to her disappearance.

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