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Get the Facts about Snapchat’s New Update

Date Published: 11/07/2017

Snapchat is one of the most popular social media platforms used by tweens and teens.

What is Snapchat?

Because this popular messaging app allows teens to exchange user-generated photos, texts, videos, and calls and has a reputation as the sexting app, it needs to be used wisely.  Most users are now aware that Snaps do not disappear once viewed, as they can be screenshot as well as intercepted by third party apps that can store and sell replays to users.

As with any media-sharing tool, users should be cautious and thoughtful about which images they send with Snapchat.

To get reliable information about Snapchat, we recommend reading the Commonsense Media article on Snapchat.

What is Snap Map?

Part of Snapchat’s latest update, this new feature shares a user’s exact location on a map, the time of day they were there, and their speed of travel. This has raised safety concerns about bullying, stalking and strangers.

The issue is getting a lot of media coverage and users, students and parents are encouraged to get the facts so as to be informed.

The following ABC News article is a good explanation of the facts and the concerns that have been raised.

Snapchat’s Snap Map feature raises child safety concern and void in online education

What Should You Do?

Cyber Expert Jordan from ySafe recommends that you turn off this function. To do this, go into your and/or your child’s SnapChat account, and follow the instructions below:
1. Open the app and immediately scroll down.
2. Click on the settings button (the gear icon) in the top right hand corner.
3. Scroll down and under the ‘Who can..’ section, click on ‘See my location’
4. Turn on ‘Ghost Mode’

If the settings aren’t visible, you may need to pinch the screen when the camera is open in the app to access it.

Source : Family Zone Cybersafety

 

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