SnapChat combines texting and photo taking to give users the ability to instantly send a picture to anyone on their contact list. The selling point? SnapChat claims that it will erase your photo from cyberspace after 10 seconds. So what does this mean for the under 18 crowd? It means, "Hey, if I take this picture and send it to Jason, then it's deleted and no one will ever see it!" Wrong. Wrong, wrong wrong. Not only could Jason save that image and send it to everyone he knows, he could send it to people he barely knows and have it go viral.
That means that a risk-taking teenaged girl could be sending nude photos of herself and you as a parent may not even know.SnapChat
will alert if someone tries to take a screenshot, but it's still allowed. Any tech-savvy teenager or adult knows how capture the screen on their smartphone, and if poised and ready, they could capture that photo and upload it wherever they wanted.
The app is free in both iTunes and Google Play. If you're into monitoring the activities of your children on social media, you might want to check this app out as well.
Does SnapChat concern you?