Using Snapchat to connect, users have 10 seconds to live video-chat with strangers.
Users also can send photos, videos, and calendar links.
What parents need to know Kik Messenger is an app that lets kids text for free.
What parents need to know Chatting, meeting and dating apps Monkey — Have Fun Chats.
If you remember Chatroulette, where users could be randomly matched with strangers for a video chat, this is the modern version.
What parents need to know Twitter is a microblogging tool that allows users to post brief, 140-character messages — called "tweets" — and follow other users' activities.
It's not only for adults; teens like using it to share tidbits and keep up with news and celebrities.It's fast and has no message limits, character limits, or fees if you only use the basic features.Because it's an app, the texts won't show up on your kid's phone's messaging service, and you're not charged for them (beyond standard data rates).Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs.While it may seem more complicated to post photos on Instagram, share casual moments on Snapchat, text on Whats App, and check your Twitter feed throughout the day, tweens and teens love the variety.What parents need to know — Live Video Streaming poses all the same risks that all live-streaming services do, so poor choices, oversharing, and chatting with strangers can be part of the package.