Snapchat description: Users “snap” an image or video, add a caption, and send it to friends, who can view the photo for a specified period of time before it disappears. Additional features include the Discover section, where explicit magazine articles are displayed, the ability to video chat with up to 16 of your friends or 32 with just voice (added April 2018), share Stories (similar to Instagram), display your location on the Snapmap, sustain daily contact with your friends with a Snapstreak, and more. Along with Instagram, it’s one of the two most popular social media platforms used by teens.
Category: Photo & Video (in the App Store)
APP Store rating: 12+ (“infrequent/mild alcohol, tobacco, drug, mature/suggestive themes, profanity or crude humor, sexual content and nudity”). Users are supposed to be at least 13, in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. We have strong opinions about what the right age is for kids to be us Snapchat, which differ greatly from culture at large.
Overall, Protect Young Eyes is pretty hard on Snapchat. We do not believe it’s an app that has the best interest of young people in mind. This is evidenced by the abundance of sexualized content it constantly provides through Discover. It was only after legal action from a teenager that Snapchat even started age-gating that content to tag some of it as 17+ (assuming the user’s birthday is correct).
In May 2018, it was the attempted release of X-rated content through Cosmo After Dark, which through our efforts and millions of parents, they decided to abandon the content after one week.
Related post: Snapchat Releases Cosmo After Dark (It”s P*rn)
Is it possible for a child to use Snapchat well? Yes! Should we let kids “play” in a playground that doesn’t care much for them? Probably not, but at Protect Young Eyes, we have to trust parents. We explain more about the app’s features below!
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Parents should take extreme caution when deciding if their tweens or young teens are able to handle the temptations this app presents. Snapchat’s own rules say users must be 13+. We have drawn the line at age 15 for all of the reasons pointed out in this blog post: No Social Media Until High School #waitingisloving.
Are you interested in having greater insight into the social media platforms that your kids are using? Bark is one of the best platforms we’ve tested. They’re constantly looking for ways to dig further into apps like Instagram, Snapchat, and others, to keep parents informed about the information that matters. We trust them!
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