Snapchat - A guide for Parents and Students…

posted 22 Feb 2018, 11:11 by N Nelson   [ updated 22 Feb 2018, 11:15 ]

Consists of… 

  • Photo/Image Sharing
  • Video Chat
  • Messaging
  • Location Sharing
  • Content Sharing

About the app…

Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo, short video or message to your contacts. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for up to 10 seconds before disappearing, or there is an option to have no time limit. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours. It also has a new feature called Snapchat Maps, this is a feature that if turned on, allows your Snapchat friends to see where you are in the world.

For more detailed information on the Snapchat App and its safety, rules and regulations. Click the link above!

Top 5 Questions Parents Have About Snapchat

1. Why do kids love Snapchat?

They love the spontaneity of it. It's been (rightfully) drummed into their heads for years that photos and videos you share are on the Web forever and are really hard to take back, so Snapchat's a relief in a lot of ways. It's playful and "in the moment" – a nice change from issues in social media services that display photos and videos indefinitely.

 2. Does Snapchat have a minimum age?

Yes, the minimum age is 13, in compliance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Snapchat ask for a date of birth when you download it, and if your birthday indicates you’re under 13, you’re not allowed to use the app.

3. What are the risks in using Snapchat?

Though there's nothing dangerous about Snapchat, early news coverage fairly predictably associated disappearing photos sent on phones with "sexting." Many assume Snapchat's biggest draw is the temporary nature of its messages, which encourages people to share racy images without worrying about the consequences. But most people – including most teens -- don’t use Snapchat that way. They use it because it’s fun.

4. What's the appeal of having your messages disappear in seconds?

Because photos and videos go away and aren't on display anywhere, there isn't the reputation anxiety or image-curation fatigue people feel in other services. The ephemeral aspect also adds a degree of safety, as long as people don't have a false sense of security about it. Images can be saved as screenshots or captured with another phone or a third party app. So, as always with digital media, 100% safe sharing doesn't exist.

5. What's the best way to help kids stay safe on Snapchat?

Respect toward self and others makes us safer. Whether the experience is positive or negative depends so much on how people use the app or service. It just never hurts to have a conversation (never a lecture) with them about how they use Snapchat.  


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