What should parents know about Snapchat?

Kids and teens love using the messaging app Snapchat because it lets you send texts, pictures, and videos that you program to disappear after a few seconds. Snapchat also offers fun, easy-to-use instant-editing tools that let you add cool effects to your "Snaps," such as captions, drawings, and emojis.

The fact that the messages don't last makes texting feel like a game, and it offers a sense of freedom: Kids can share the silly, fleeting moments of the day that don't rise to the level of, say, an Instagram or Facebook post that documents their lives. On the other hand, they may be tempted to share sexy images, thinking the pics will go away.

But parents should be aware that it's not actually true that Snaps disappear forever. You can purchase additional "Replays" -- though you're limited to one Replay per Snap. It's also possible -- especially in the case of friendship drama or dating/flirting situations -- that the receiver could take a screenshot using his or her phone or another app to capture Snaps. So kids really need to use good judgment about what they send.

Learn more about the pros and cons of Snapchat and how to help your kid use it responsibly. 

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Teen, 17 years old written by nataliezaldua

As long as you don’t send nudes or inappropriate stuff you should be fine. I rarely post on my Story most days, but I do do streaks.
Teen, 13 years old written by strangerthingsl...

Snapchat is a social networking app. You can send snaps to your friends and have streaks. As long as you know who you are snapping it is ok. Also there are a lot of fun face filters! They are a lot of fun and they aren’t innaproriate for teens. They may be a little innapropriate for a 10-11 year old (a few of them) but everything else about the app is good!
Teen, 14 years old written by xX_Mythicalbeast_Xx

I have had snapchat for a year now and there is nothing inappropriate about it but that is a given with any social media so if you just trust your child and stop being so paranoined and if you are that one parent that thinks that snapchat is where kids can get trageted then you would be happy to know that your account is aoutmatly on prative and you have to acctpect people before you can chat with them . these people have clearly never used snapchat. so please common sense media, exprence the app before you go reviewing it and not just post the rumors
Kid, 12 years old

Just remember to supervise your child, because for me , Snapchat is a fun way to connect and add cool filters like a dog face or glasses.
Adult written by snapchat f.

This message is for all the teens who are new to snapchat. Be aware of things happening on snapchat. Snapchat might be cool . Be careful teens
Teen, 14 years old written by aves_zimmy

Snapchat is often stereotyped as an app for sexting and sending inappropriate images. However, the majority of Snapchat users are aware of the ability to screenshot images, and they are notified when a photo is screenshotted. Therefore, users steer clear of these images most often. The main reason people enjoy Snapchat is the fact it can be like a game! Keeping up streaks by Snapchatting your friends every day, earning trophies in the form of emojis for completing certain tasks, earning points for each snap, and using fun filters and tools. I love Snapchat, and think it is a fun way of communicating with friends!