Snapchat – 6 Concerns for Parents

Snapchat - 6 concerns parents

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What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is one of the most popular apps used by your child. The app is fun – allowing your kids to put a flowered tiara on, breath fire, wear make up like Cleopatra and even see how fast you are driving. It sounds pretty harmless and fun – right? In theory and if used the way it was made to be used – then yes – it is relatively harmless. The app describes itself as:

Snap – Tap to take a Snap with fun filters, special effects and More!

Chat – It’s fun and easy to communicate – however you want!Snapchat is the camera used by over 150 million people every day to

Snap with family, watch Stories from friends, see events from around the world, and explore expertly curated content from top publishers.

Reality of Snapchat?

Let’s discuss the reality of snapchat and what your child can REALLY do with it.

  • Your child can send photos and short videos to a friend or a group of friends. The photos appear on the screen when opened for six seconds. Just enough time for the “friend” to take a screenshot. But that’s okay – snapchat allows the sender to know a screenshot was taken. There’s nothing you can do about the screenshot, but at least you are aware someone cared enough to save the photo. This is harmless – unless your child had a brief lapse of judgement and sent an inappropriate photo to their “friend.”
  • Snap Map – Introduced with the most recent update of Snapchat, snap map allows you to share your location with friends. This means your friends can know where you are at any given moment. Stalking made easy. The option to keep your location private is available with Ghost Mode.

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  • If your friends are sharing their location with you, their Actionmoji will appear on the Map. Actionmojis only update when you open Snapchat.

 

Snapchat – Why parents should be concerned?

  • Privacy – kids can get a false sense of privacy. Screen shots can be taken and videos can be put on a loop so your friends can watch it over and over – until they move on to the next screen.
  • Sexting – sending sexy photos because the photo “disappears.” Screenshots can be taken.
  • Screenshot Saving – yes – those photos can be saved when the person on the other end takes a screenshot.
  • Mobile Use Only – once your child views the photo/video- it can no longer be seen – unless it was posted as a story. Stories are available for 24 hours.
  • Snap Map – if your child leaves the snap map on – anyone can see their location. It is updated when the app is open.
  • Speed Filter – with the app open, you can see how fast the car is going. This is not a good idea for teens trying to impress each other.

If we missed anything let us know. Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on Snapchat for your children.

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