What Parents Need to Know About Tumblr

Find Out Why Teens are Attracted to this Social Media Site

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Tumblr is a social networking site that allows users to post pictures and short blog posts. It’s sort of a cross between Twitter and a blog. Tumblr attracts a young audience, mostly teens and young adults who want to stay away from social networking sites that their parents are frequenting.

Many parents aren’t nearly as familiar with Tumblr as other social media sites.

One of the reasons why Tumblr has become so popular among teens is that it’s compatible with smartphones and tablets.

Users can easily post images and text directly from mobile devices with ease. This means that many teens are posting to Tumblr throughout the day.

Although there are some positive aspects about Tumblr, there are also some potential dangers. Educate yourself about social media sites your teen may be using so you can establish rules about social networking and have frequent conversations with your teen about the risks and benefits of social media.

Potential Privacy Issues

One of the issues parents should be aware of with Tumblr is the potential privacy concerns. It is difficult to create privacy settings that prevent information from being public. As a result, most teens post everything publicly.

Scams and Security Issues

Like many other social networking sites, Tumblr has been known for its share of scams and security issues. These can include anything from chain letters to identity theft, both of which have been noted.

One common phishing scam on Tumblr invites users to enter their log-in information on fake log-in screens. Then, thieves steal their information and teens don't know the difference.

Access to Adult Content

Tumblr has been criticized for the overwhelming amount of pornographic material on the site. Tumblr allows sexually-explicit material to be posted to the site.

Pornographic videos are not allowed to be posted directly to the site but links to pornography are allowed.

Although Tumblr has released statements indicating that child pornography is not allowed, there have been incidents where child pornography has been reported on the site.

Tumblr has been highly criticized for its easy access to pornographic material and the ease at which pornography can spread over the site.

Glamorizing Unhealthy Behavior

Another concern about Tumblr has been that many people glamorize unhealthy behavior. Self-harm and eating disorders are sometimes depicted in a positive light. Unfortunately, this can be attractive to teens who are struggling with mental health issues.

Potential Benefits of Teens Using Tumblr

Tumblr provides many teens with a potential creative outlet. Posting photos and creating short blog posts can help teens find their sense of self. They can express themselves with text as well.

  • It can help teens develop and expand upon their interests. They can learn more about other people’s hobbies and talents, which may spark new ideas.
  • Tumblr can help teens learn more about the world by showing them things they may not normally be exposed to.
  • Tumblr encourages users to network with one another. Blog posts can be created collaboratively. This can help teens work with others and get to know new people.

Keeping Teens Safe on Tumblr

Like with all social media, parents should take steps to keep teens safe when they’re using Tumblr. Many parents have never heard of Tumblr and have no idea their teen is even using it. It’s a good idea to talk to kids about what social networking sites they’re using and to find out what they think about sites like Tumblr.

Educate your teen about posting on social media. Make it clear that there can be serious consequences for posting inappropriate material and warn your child how inappropriate material can ruin a person’s reputation.

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