Parent reviews for Snapchat

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Common Sense says

age 16+

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Parents say

age 14+

Based on 325 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 449 reviews

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.
20 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.
7 people found this helpful.
age 9+

A great communication device, fun filters

Snapchat is safe for anyone over 10, in my opinion. Snapchat has a lot of options where you can pick which friends you talk to, and whom can see your stories. There’s no issue with Snapchat besides a few questionable filters, and if you carefully pick who you talk to and don’t mind Snapscores or anything, it’s completely harmless and my two daughters love snapping back and forth! I downloaded it myself - there’s no problem, but it’s your kid, so I would recommend thinking carefully before downloading for your child.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
3 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Perfectly fine if you have a responsible kid READ THIS

I am the most anti-social media parent in the world but this app is perfectly ok if you have a kid that is responsible. I told my daughter no to tiktoc and Instagram but I have looked through this app and have found nothing bad. If you have a responsible child and they are using the app for only chatting then it is ok to use.
2 people found this helpful.
age 15+

15+

Just not Good, people can send anything even suggestive posts

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

Safety

Snapchat is a very safe place for kids,but be aware of who they add

This title has:

Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 2+

Trust your kids first

My kids have been pestering me about social media and I honestly don’t care for it but one particular thing they mentioned was “Snapchat” a texting app now it concerns me with the auto-delete feature cause my kids could send swear words without me knowing but I trust my kids a lot so I don’t think that’s a problem I would recommend all the safety settings so strangers can’t see their “story” also limit there time on it to 30 ish a day minutes and your good. Also I wouldn’t put 2 and up but the ratings were so high I had to change it I would say 7-8 and up (my kids ages) and I will probably make them delete it at 15 so they don’t send naughty pictures to there friends overall I don’t think you should worry.
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

Overcriticized

First of all, I'm mostly anti-social media. I think that it is harmful to children to interact with random strangers. That being said, Snapchat is about as much of a social media as Whatsapp. You choose who you interact with, which makes it texting but with pictures. It is barely a social media, and is the main thing teens use to text. This is a social tool for your child. I've seen a lot of other parents saying how it's damaging and encourages deception but it didn't do that to my child. My child used to be deceptive but then turned around, I used to restrict him a lot but gave him a phone for his 13th birthday. Later in the year he asked for snapchat and said it was a chance to show his trustworthyness. He was feeling left out from his friends so i said yes but he had to "add" me so i could see things that he posted. It turned out fine. He still has it today. I think you should give your child a chance and if they do poorly take it away.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Unsafe for children

Chats are full of sexual proposal, pedophiles and dirty language proposals. Especially because of this, Snapchat isn’t safe for children.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Child pornography -- difficult to cancel

Child predators are out in force and snapchat is a breeding ground for them; your child will not be safe on snapchat. Snapchat does not protect our children, you cannot just cancel account. Their entire business model is based on more users. So in that sense they encourage anyone to join. There are private room where monitoring software cannot access, e.g., Bark. BE AWARE of snap. I attempted to get help from them and they will not help.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.