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Chris McManamy is an IT professional, social media guru, &live streaming expert.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Oct 03, 2016
Snapchat. It is the one social media app that makes most adults, and parents cringe (or at least roll their eyes). While Facebook still dominates the social media space among teens (71% of teens still use Facebook, Snapchat is part of the top five chasing these numbers), Snapchat is making a serious run as top contender. As parents, we need to be very careful if and when we expose our children to snapchat and much like any other social media platform, parents need to make sure kids are safe and responsible on Snapchat. Here are some of the key items to remember about current Snapchat features:
How does this information help parents educating themselves and their kids on Snapchat? Well, keep these numbers in mind:
These are just some of the statistics to keep in mind. While these are definitely important things to know and consider, just as important is how to keep your child safe if they use SnapChat.
Five things every parent need to know if you let your child use SnapChat:
Snapchat is becoming one of the most popular, trending social media platforms currently with no sign of slowing down. Parents, if you decide to allow your child to use Snapchat, I would suggest you sign up for an account and make sure you are connected with them so you can keep tabs on their stories and also encourage an open door policy. Remind your kids that trust is earned and can be taken away. Make it ok for them to show you their snaps because if they have nothing to hide, this won’t be an issue.
If you have any questions and are on Snapchat or you are considering the platform, you can connect with me on Snapchat as I am an active Snapchat user on the platform. I also have a 7-year old daughter that you may see on my snaps with me from time to time.
Monitoring your child’s online activity can be overwhelming at times, which is why as a parent it is important to use a parental control software like Net Nanny so you can block, filter or be sent alerts to inappropriate activities.