SnapChat – What Parents Need To Know About Snapchat

If you a Techsavvy parent, you would be familiar with a very popular app that most teens use these days called Snap chat and if you are not a techsavvy parent, it is vital that you get to know the apps that your kids are going on.

A lot of times, parents are great in protecting their children from going out in fear of being influenced by the world but yet do not realise that the world can come to their children right in their homes through phone apps.

Snap Chat is an app that allows users to capture and send photos and short videos that self-destruct after a certain amount of time. When users send a message, they get to decide how long it will live (between one and 10 seconds) on the receiver’s device. After that, it’s history … or so the sender thinks.

While it is not the primary use of the app, there have been reports about Snapchat being used for “sexting”—taking naked or sexually suggestive pictures of oneself and sending them to someone else. And some worry that, with screen capture, these pictures could wind up being circulated on the Internet.

An advice for parents is to talk with your kids about Snapchat. Don’t lecture them, don’t panic and don’t expect the worst. Just ask them if they use the app and what they’re doing with it. Chances are your kid is using Snapchat for innocent fun, but it never hurts to calmly impart a little adult wisdom.

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