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.
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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.
If you want extra assurance, then the Bark solution can monitor for inappropriate words used in Snapchat, sending alerts to parents (assuming you know their account information). Pretty cool!