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We all know that our teens love to text, but did you know that there are secret message apps that allow teens to keep their conversations away from the prying eyes of their parents? You know your children best and will be able to decide if they are ready to use an app of this nature appropriately. If you are looking to set better technology boundaries with your kids, check out these 4 Reasons You Need a Family Contract. Many of the private messaging apps available in app stores today include features that allow users to have hidden or secret conversations. A growing number of these apps even include self-destructing features that automatically delete texts, photos, or videos sent after a certain amount of time. For some teens, these features can mean trouble.
What is a Secret Message App?
Communicating with friends via mobile devices has come a long way since text messaging. It now includes photos, videos, and more. Instead of using only one way to send messages, teens and adults are using lots of different secret messaging apps to share a secret here, stalk a crush there, or post a selfie anywhere. Depending on what they want to say and to whom, teens choose the app that best fits their needs. Hence, the conversation is private and is also self-destructive in some cases. Some apps offer options to save these messages, but most are live only for a single view. Keeping up with all these different platforms can be challenging for parents. So to help, we put together the basics on what to know about some of these apps.