Most of you would be aware of Snapchat, and if you aren’t you need to seriously step out of the stone ages, Flintstone! The app has taken the world by storm because of its ability to send and receive photos and videos that get deleted after 1-10 seconds of viewing it.
How does Snapchat work?
All you really need to do is download the app on iOS or Android powered phones, register an account via your phone and voila! You are all set to set about ‘snapping’ photos and share them to individuals you add via username or phone number, or to your Snapchat story that can be viewed for an unlimited number of times by your friends.
Is there any age restriction on Snapchat?
Is Snapchat safe for 11 or 12 years old? What is Snapchat age range? Officially Snapchat states that no one below 13 can join, however, many parental concerns have been rising as after adding and verifying your contact number to register a Snapchat account there is no verification of age.
Hence children younger than 13 can also use Snapchat easily.
Why kids love Snapchat?
• Because it’s FUN!
You can not only send funny snaps using multiple filters that update every few days, you can share photos of what you’re eating or make stories to share your vacations and special days with your friends and family.
• Save all your memories, with captions!
Memories on Snapchat allow you to save all your photos and videos so you never lose them!
• Photos get deleted once viewed!
Also, it’s much easier sending a ridiculous photo when you know it’s title going to delete off the other persons’ phone. I personally loved pretending to be Madonna and singing along to Snapchat filter that was available earlier this month, so who can blame the kids!!
So what is the parents’ concern?
Well, as I said before there is no real age restriction verification on Snapchat. And the fact that kids think all their photos will be deleted after viewing, they get rather gutsy.
If you don’t get the hang of what I am trying to say, it’s as simple as this. If a kid thinks that they can take a photo, any photo for that matter, and it can be saved and reproduced later they will be more careful about it, however with Snapchat they get confidence that no one can share their photos so they can send anything ranging from silly and stupid to downright explicit.
The alarming fact is that this confidence that the image can’t be shared is false, not only can the image be screenshot it can be photographed from another person’s phone. In the past, many incidences have come with third party apps leaking Snapchat private snaps over the internet.
Due to this, a child can suffer a lot of humiliation if their private images are saved and shared with others.
How can I protect my children?
Step one: Communicate
First and foremost, I can keep yelling myself hoarse to convey this point, talk to your child. Don’t get hysterical, kindly don’t threaten and definitely do not accuse your child just because kids are using Snapchat for sexting, it doesn’t mean your kid is.
Sit back, find a good time and discuss it over, calmly.
Convey your faith and trust in them, and then share your concerns. Remember slow and steady always wins the race.
Step two: Physically check the phone
However, if you have a stubborn kid, you may have to resort to monitoring their phone and checking the snaps they receive, to get an idea of what they do on Snapchat, and go through their contacts.
See who they are in touch with.
Step three: Use Snapchat spy apps
And if all else fails, try going for a Snapchat spy app to monitor your kids. That way you can see who their contacts are, and what sort of content do they share online and with whom. mSpy and Spyera are two top rated apps in this regard.
What can you monitor with Snapchat spy app?
- You can view both sent and received files (photos, videos, and pictures)
- This app lets you recover and access content exchanged in Snapchat even it was deleted
- You can view all the data in a control panel at any time
- You’ll be able to track important details like photo gallery and Snapchat conversations
How do these apps work?
It’s as simple as 1,2,3!
First of all, you go to the website and see the packages and features they offer, choosing the one most suitable for your needs and install the app on your kid’s phone to get ready for monitoring.
Set up a username and control panel to monitor your child’s device whenever you want, wherever you want. Choose all your monitoring needs.
Forget all your woes as Spyera and mSpy are here to save you from your worries (and save your hair from stress fall).
How worried do I need to be?
Before you stress yourself up into a storm, you need to know that kids are mainly into Snapchat for silly entertainment, sexting is ruled out in most cases as stats say most of the Snapchat use declines after 11 pm, according to Forbes magazine.
HOWEVER, fun and games can also go wrong pretty often so it’s always good to communicate with your kids about the hazards of all online media and have a spy app to help you along the way.
As long as you’ve all that covered, all I can say is Happy Snapping!