Teens weigh in on latest social media crazes

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) -- Every week, it seems there's a new social media trend or app popping up.

For parents, it's nearly impossible to stay on top of all the latest social media crazes.

Here are just a few of the newer ones: Blue Whale, Say At Me, Pickle, Yellow and Snapchat Streaks.

Laura Bowman is with the Prevention Council of Roanoke County, Virginia, which works to educate kids about online and social media safety. She says some of the worst apps and websites encourage bullying.

To make matters worse, it's often difficult for parents to identify these potential online dangers.

"Some of the apps sounds kind of innocuous. So, Yellow, what is Yellow? Yellow is like the Tinder of Snapchat. It's exactly what you don't want your teen or tween to be involved in," says Bowman.

Hidden Valley High School juniors Ariana Mandros and Rachel Davis were asked if they'd heard of the game, Blue Whale.

In it, players are given a master who controls them, and ultimately instructs them to commit suicide.

"Yes, I have heard of that," Mandros said. "There's a couple of my friends who have been talking about it. And it sounds dangerous. I really don't like the sound of it."

Mandros and Davis weren't familiar with all of the apps they were asked, but are aware of the risks involved with them.

Davis says her parents keep close tabs on what she's doing on her phone, and she's grateful.

Attached are links to parental monitoring websites.

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