Snapchat is a multimedia messaging mobile application, often referred to as yet another social network. However, unlike other popular social media, your posts (or snaps) don’t stay available for viewing for a long time. Snaps can be up to 10 seconds in duration and disappear once they’re opened. There are also “stories” that stick around for 24 hours before vanishing.
Today, Snapchat is among the top 13 US apps downloaded overall and oftentimes a top 3 app for most downloaded US photo and video app. And it’s extremely popular among kids (some researchers say even more popular than Facebook) that makes it essential for their parents to keep an eye on their young ones’ Snapchat communication activities.
As you can see, many teens love Snapchat simply because they consider it as a mean of carrying on private conversations escaping “unnecessary” parents’ attention. Generally, kids use it to exchange messages, jokes, funny pictures, and videos without commonly adopted feedback similar to Facebook “likes” or comments.
At the same time, Snapchat’s peculiar feature of messages that vanish in a matter of seconds makes the app an opportune tool for online predators and pedophiles. That’s why having Snapchat monitoring software installed on kids’ mobile devices is what every concerned parent should do. Although due to Snapchat's technical specifications, tracking multimedia files is now impossible, we still recommend keeping an eye on at least text messages to give you the sense of what kids talk about.
In Snapchat, short ”snaps” (2-10 seconds) are quickly deleted after the user looked them through, and there’s no log of their correspondence. This makes many teens feel that interactions in Snapchat are “safe” and they may send messages that they would not otherwise send if their activity could be tracked. These are the most important reasons why following kids’ Snapchat activity must be practiced:
These reasons are reinforced by the lack of moderation in Snapchat. We’re talking about the fact that inappropriate messages can be sent to your kids by anybody, not just people from their friend list. This means parents may even not have an idea who their kids are talking to.
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