App review by Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Send moments in photos, watch curated content; use wisely.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 340 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 479 reviews

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age 12+

I have a 12 year old daughter and this would have helped me

I have a 12 year old daughter and when she asked me about snapchat my immediate reaction was no. But then I talked to my friend who is a teacher and she said while she has seen snapchat incidents, none of them prevented her from giving her kid snapchat. Certainly not something a responsible kid couldn't handle. This made me rethink. So, I got the app for a week and every day I checked it. Snapchat is made out to be a horror but it had nothing on the more dangerous SM like Instagram. Nothing bad came up. I gave my daughter Snapchat and since then I have been pleased with the results. Since getting Snapchat she has stopped asking me for other social media like instagram which is too dangerous for her and she hasn't been spending any more time on her phone. She has been happier because she can be more in tune with her friends. Snapchat has been good for her social life. Before giving her Snapchat though, I had her set her accounts to private and every so often I take her phone from her and check. Overall I am pleased with the results of Snapchat and trust my daughter to be okay.
32 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Trust is number one

I think that if you can trust your child and have a mature child, then this app has is definitely for your kid. I know that their is a dark side of Snapchat but my son uses it casually and has not had any problems (he was 12 when he got it but now he’s 14). I am very anti-social media and really fought with my son for a while and finally let him try out this app. After almost a year of asking I finally let him get it. And I realized that at a certain age keeping your kids away from this can hurt your child more than help them. I hope that parents considering can help be persuaded by this response. But again you have to trust your kid.
13 people found this helpful.

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