A fun app if used the right way.
Snapchat has a large reputation for being “that sexting app.” But is that really all it is? Like any social media, or just texting in general, there are risks of lewd photos being sent, from a friend or from your own kid. But if your kid won’t stop nagging you, ask yourself these three questions.
1.) Can I trust my kid?
2.) Will they get addicted?
3.) Why might they want this app?
Now let’s get into the app itself.
Discover is basically the news part of Snapchat. Your kids will probably find this part less interesting then the app itself. Just be careful, it is the news after all.
The filters are a fun way to take pictures. Nothing much here.
You can only send pictures to those you friend, and there are privacy settings on the app.
Streaks are the one thing I might be worried about. Not due to anything inappropriate, but because it can be addicting. Streaks are where you send random pictures to try to keep a number from resetting. The goal is to get a higher number. Why? Because you’ll get money? Nope, it’s more of an addicting habit. I would have your kids either
A.) Promise not to use streaks
B.) Have a timer set for Snapchat
You can set up Time Limit on the kid’s phone. Use a password they won’t know, so when the app shuts down, they can’t add more time to it. Just warn them that this timer is in place, 30 minutes on weekdays an hour on weekends is a good goal to have. Maybe an hour on holidays or special occasions? All I am saying is I would be cautious, but I wouldn’t be overly worked up over what they are doing if your kid is responsible