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.
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.
: A messaging app that erases messages after a set period of time.
Why it's popular: Online chat rooms have been around for ages, as have the iffy and inappropriate conversations that happen in them. Why it's popular: There's something to be said about sharing one's innermost thoughts without repercussions, especially if those thoughts aren't socially acceptable: It's cathartic.
Though there are many misconceptions about "online predators," it's true that risky online relationships -- though rare -- more frequently evolve in chat rooms when teens willingly seek out or engage in sexual conversation. For those who simply choose to browse, delivers on that desire.
What parents need to know: not only because it's a bit of an all-in-one mobile hub but also because it offers a lot of of teen-friendly elements, such as a selection of over 10,000 stickers and wacky emoticons, as well as Line Play, an avatar-based social network.
The free texting and video calls don't hurt, either.
But it doesn't mean teens can't still get themselves in trouble.
Though most teens are only sharing day-to-day moments with an already-tight social group, there can be unintended consequences when teens think temporary messages really disappear forever or when they make mean comments under cover of anonymous apps.
Users don't have to reveal real names, so there's a layer of anonymity.
Why it's popular: You can send unlimited messages without depleting your texting limit; you can see whether someone has read your message; you can send individual or group messages; you can surf the Web from inside the app itself; and you can access tons of other content from within the app.
Teens may pay more attention to Snapchats that they receive, knowing they'll disappear in a matter of seconds.