Snapchat Speed Filter is Deadly

Snapchat Speed Filter is Deadly

The Social Media app Snapchat has come under fire by parents for assisting with the distribution of pornographic photos. Thanks to Snapchat and the “Speed Filter,” parents everywhere have an additional worry. When used when driving, the app is dangerous and can even be deadly.

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Parents of teens everywhere have frequently expressed concern over the apps main use, for users to communicate using images that disappear. When teens first became aware of the app, the exchange of naked photos soared. Unfortunately for teens everywhere, the 6 seconds the photos hung around for was enough time to take a screen shot, leaving that naked photo not as private as once thought. With the addition of video chat in 2014, the apps popularity soared and by 2016, big name brands began using the app for advertising.

Not without its problems from the start, the app has added filters for the photos – with the popular filters including a head band of flowers in honor of Coachella, the ability to turn your face into a dog or even Marilyn Monroe.  While most of the filters are harmless fun, the Speed Filter is not.

Snapchat’s Speed Filter acts as a radar that captures the speed the driver is going and posts it on the photo. Needless to say, this filter has encouraged teens everywhere to drive faster with the hopes of impressing their friends. Competing to see who has the highest speed has become all too common.

The app is dangerous and risky and has even caused major accidents. Snapchat has come under fire for the app filter, responding to the dangerous nature by releasing a statement saying,

“we actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message.”

If parents didn’t have enough to worry about with all of the social media apps out there, the Speed Filter option is another option we have to worry about.

What is the purpose of the app if it isn’t to encourage speeding? Some people use the app to show off a zero mph with the caption stating, “relaxing” or “just chillin” and then others use it to show how fast they are going.

Another great story to read is the article on your children and texting.

19 comments to Snapchat Speed Filter is Deadly

  • Jeanette

    I have a lot of problems with this app. I am not going to let my kiddo have it when he is old enough to have his own phone. I think it is a dangerous app.

  • Paula Schuck

    OMG, that is so scary. Technology is a great thing, but it’a also awful.

  • Cassie

    While I can see being worried about the filter, I don’t think it is fair to blame SnapChat for teens misusing it. HOwever, I’m sure plenty of moms and dads will be glad you brought this to their attention!

  • Ana Elizabeth

    I don’t have Snapchat but this is quite alarming. Thanks for this post. I’ll share this to my friends who are Snapchat-addicts. 😀

  • Pam

    I don’t use Snapchat, so I didn’t know it had a speed filter. I can see how that could be dangerous!

  • Nickida

    I’m not a fan of Snapchat, I don’t use it and I don’t think I’ll be using it in the future. I hope people don’t do anything dangerous while using the app though.

  • Jenny

    Omgosh! I use snapchat and never knew about the speed filter! That is crazy and I can see how teens and even some adults, would put this to the test.

  • Jenn

    Sounds interesting. I have not tried Snapchat as of yet. I’m not so sure I will ever try it. I think I have enough to keep up with as it is.

  • Sarah

    I had no clue this even existed, I am not sure why they would have a speed filter if they didn’t want someone using it while driving? While I don’t fully comprehend what the speed filter is for or meant for, it just doesn’t make sense to have.

  • ricci

    I don’t like the speed filter on snapchat but like everything else, I think kids will continue to be dumb about things if you don’t teach them otherwise.

  • Kristen Dann

    I always wondered why they even had a filter like that. It just seemed dangerous to me. Then, I saw the news reports of the girl who crashed from using the filter while driving and it just cemented my thoughts already.

  • This is terrible! I didn’t even know there was this app for Snapchat. Seriously, the people the created this should be punished…how terrible!!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is a great post for all parents out there with teen drivers. I have never used Snapchat before but I am glad you are making us all aware of this app. The speed filter is for sure a dangerous app and should not even exist. Thanks for sharing the awareness.

  • Janell Poulette

    I had not heard about this. My kids don’t have their own phones and only use SnapChat with me. But this is stuff I need to look out for.

  • Vidya Sudarsan

    I don’t have a Snapchat account yet.. and don’t like the idea of such filters. Thanks for pointing this out!

  • Stephanie Pass

    I just now got into Snapchat. I had no idea there was a speed filter. I will remind my teen to never play with it while driving.

  • Amanda Love

    I am so out of the loop. I’ve downloaded snapchat but I barely use it. Now that is one filter I would encourage my kids not to use.

  • April Mims

    I’ve never been a fan of Snapchat. It’s really challenging to monitor teen activity on all of these apps since they always seem to be one step ahead of parents.

  • Pinay Mommy

    Oh, I didn’t know about this. I hope people will be responsible enough to use the Snapchat.

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