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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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!