As more people talk about alternative social media apps and platforms, it’s important to keep an eye on new ones that may be similar to Mastodon.
The Hive Social app has increased in popularity. While many of its users may be adults like on Mastodon, its popularity may lead teens to explore it as well. Additionally, its user interface and style is more similar to apps like Instagram that may appeal to younger users. Its messaging around inclusivity may increase this appeal.
Created fairly recently by students in college, younger users may be more likely to sign up to the app. Hive Social allows users to add music to their profile and share their pronouns and astrological signs. The music addition like MySpace once had may also prove exciting to teens.
Hive Social combines elements from other modern social media platforms such as the text and image style of Instagram and polls from Twitter.
Its relatively young age may mean it takes some time for it to become popular. However, if your teen shows interest, make sure they know it’s for those 13 and older. Then, help them make use of the safety features available. These include:
- hiding mature content
- hiding words and phrases you don’t want them to see
- controlling who can see their comments
- setting their account to private
- using report, block and mute features