January 06, 2017
Social media continues its digital revolution with Snapchat. A message-based app that allows tweens and teens to share “silly moments” with their friends. It’s now at the forefront of social networking and digital communication, with over 150 million active daily users. Snapchat has become the most popular app among teens.
However, apps like Snapchat can also be dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced teen. Twenty percent of teens using Snapchat admitted that they received sexts from friends. Also, it could be used by online predators to find their next victim. There are several websites and blogs which publish leaked Snapchat images to the public, and these could destroy a person’s online reputation.
Since teens still need guidance, here is what parents need to know about Snapchat.
Created by Stanford University students in 2011, their goal was to create a message-based app which gives its users a platform to express themselves without the guilt. Snapchat allows its users to send videos or photos accompanied by a short text message. It can be viewed for a limited time which disappears after viewing it. New features such as Video Replays and Snapchat Stories were added to make a user’s experience more engaging. Around 60 percent of teens are Snapchat users. Both tweens and teens love Snapchat’s spontaneity.
Knowledge and engagement are keys in educating our children about digital citizenship. Snapchat is here to stay and if the going gets tough, you can always rely on MomSecure’s cyber agents to help you protect your child’s innocence.
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