With good privacy settings (the ‘ask me anything’ option can be removed) and in safe mode Tumblr is a relatively safe space for older teens, but as with any platform, it’s advised that you take the time to sit down with them and ensure all privacy features are correctly set up.
There have been some concerns from parents who fear that Tumblr is a haven for pornography, pro-anorexia blogs and blogs which promote self harm – but this type of content accounts for a very small sub-section of the platform and is no different to the kind of content found elsewhere on the web. There are bad eggs everywhere and it is a shame to write off a great platform because of them. Make sure you teen feels that can talk openly to you about their online experience and remain vigilant.
It’s also a good idea to talk to your teen about the importance of not sharing personal information and thinking carefully about their digital footprint. Although content can be deleted and Tumblrs can be closed, the content they upload can be downloaded and saved by others, so users should think carefully before they post.
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