What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snapchat is a popular messaging app that allows teens to exchange user-generated photos, which can't be saved within the app and are viewable for one to ten seconds before disappearing from the recipient's device. Snapchat's creators intended the fleeting images to be a way for teens to share fun and light moments without the risk of having them go public. The app notifies the sender if the recipient takes a screen shot of the image.
What kids can learn
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
- social media
What Kids Can Learn
Snapchat wasn’t created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
Snapchat is a photo-messaging app that allows users to put a time limit on a picture so the recipient can only see it for a few seconds before it disappears. Users can add friends from their device's address book and Facebook friends list, or they can enter specific usernames. To send a picture, users take a snapshot using the in-app camera, set a time limit, select recipients, and send. Users have a Snapchat mailbox, where they can see a list of sent and received messages.
Is it any good?
Though it sounds like a great way to control images shared with friends, trusting that online content can be kept private is never a safe bet. As with any media-sharing tool, users should be cautious and thoughtful about what images they send with Snapchat. The seemingly risk-free messaging might encourage users to share pictures containing sexual, violent, or illegal content.
Users can receive images in Snapchat from anyone who knows their usernames, so teens using Snapchat will need to be careful not to share their usernames in public forums. View our video The Truth About Sexting for more ways to talk to your teen about safe messaging practices.