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The survey also finds there is no clear consensus among teens about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today. The social media landscape in which teens reside looks markedly different than it did as recently as three years ago. In , three online platforms other than Facebook — YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat — are used by sizable majorities of this age group. The shares of teens who use Twitter and Tumblr are largely comparable to the shares who did so in the survey. For the most part, teens tend to use similar platforms regardless of their demographic characteristics, but there are exceptions. Notably, lower-income teens are more likely to gravitate toward Facebook than those from higher-income households — a trend consistent with previous Center surveys. For details on social media platform use by different demographic groups, see Appendix A. YouTube and Reddit were not included as options in the survey but were included in the current survey.
Menstruation typically begins at about age 12, but periods are possible as early as age 8. That's why it's important to discuss this topic early. Menstruation, however, can be an awkward subject to explain. So what's the best way to prepare your child? The earlier you begin talking to your child about the changes to expect during puberty, the better. Don't plan a single tell-all discussion.