What should parents know about teen trend Snapchat?
Have you been hearing about the cool app Snapchat? Although originally it was designed for adults, Snapchat is gaining popularity among teens and tweens. It allows users to send pictures and videos that only last a few seconds before disappearing. But are really Snapchat photos deleted? Is the app safe for kids? How can parents monitor it?
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Snapchat is the first of many apps that purport to send temporary messages including photo and video messages. Snapchat is by far the most used right now, but there are many many other apps coming up with the same idea.
Snapchat messages are not really deleted from the receivers device, and can be forensically retrieved from the receivers device. There are numerous video's on YouTube that can show users step by step how to retrieve the messages they receive. Not to mention that any message can be photographed with another device anyway.
The bottom line here, is to teach all users both children and adults not to send any messages that might cause them embarrassment or that might effect them negatively down the track, should the content be spread beyond trusted friends. If kids use Snapchat to send messages they should be messages that they would be happy to have broadcast publicly.
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Yes, Snapchat is (ostensibly) temporary. However, in all things technical, there may be a residual database somewhere.
That aside, non-technical parents are not going to be able to 'monitor' or keep up with new technology which seems to emerge daily.
The question must then be one of trust and communication about the pitfalls of all types of behaviour. On and offline.