If you have pre-teen children at home, it’s fairly likely that they’ve been plaguing you for permission to use Snapchat. You’ve probably heard the line “well ALL my friends are on it” but is it safe for your 11-year-old?
Social media expert Darragh Doyle joined Trina Mara on “Something for the Weekend” to tell us all you need to know about Snapchat. You can listen back here
What is Snapchat?
It’s an App used to share photos, videos, text and drawings – a bit like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or Instagram. You can take a photo and send it out to your followers or to individuals
You can set the time the photos lasts on screen for – a photo can disappear after 3 seconds and never be seen again. There are also filters that allow you to change photos, change your face into a dog or a cat and so on
Can strangers contact me on Snapchat?
You can search for people if you know their username or you have scanned their phone using snap codes but usually you will know the people following you. Celebrities who make their account public can be followed very easily. Strangers can follow you but YOU decide whether to accept them or not. There are good privacy settings available.
Darragh’s Top Tips for Snapchat Safety
• Make an agreement with your child that you can check their phone
• It can open you up to cyberbullying – for example, if your child is photoshopped and made look like they are doing something they’re not. Make sure your child tells you if they receive anything like this then STOP, BLOCK and REPORT to Snapchat, to parents and the school
• Use the Privacy Settings to control who can follow you
• It is safe when monitored
www.webwise.ie is a great tool for parents who may be concerned or want to learn more about the apps your child is using