Snapchat is a messaging app which is mostly used by teens. It offers messaging that lets users put a time limit on the pictures and videos they send before they disappear.
Most teens use the app to share goofy or embarrassing photos without the risk of them going public.
What parents need to know?
- Encourages sending inappropriate content
The pictures sent in the app disappear in a few seconds, which gives a fake sense of anonymity and encourages sending embarrassing content for fun. Needless to say that even when the content can not be reached by users anymore, it stays in the servers. And receivers can easily just take a printscreen and keep your pictures.
Snapchat’s disappearing pictures are also a commonly used tool for sending appealing intimate or even nude photos of themselves. Even if some teenagers would never send their intimate pictures to others on other platforms, they might like playing with it in Snapchat as the photos disappear in a few seconds.
- Sending money
It is not only a media sharing tool, as it is also possible to send money through Snapchat. That opens it to potential abuses, especially when it comes to young and naive users.