The social media era all began with the creation of Six Degrees back in 1996. Since then, social media platforms have evolved, changing with the times. Friendster, LinkedIn, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and finally Snapchat in 2011.
What Is Snapchat?
The Snapchat app is a social media platform that is unique when compared to other apps. It’s primarily used to send private messages, photos, and videos to friends and family. Users love to use Snapchat filters to create fun, silly, and entertaining video clips. Users can also create stories (similar to Instagram Stories) where friends will be able to view them as many times as they want for 24 hours.
Tweens and teens above the age of 13 are allowed to use Snapchat, even though that doesn’t stop those that are younger from using the platform. According to Sprout Social, 69% of users are 13 – 17 years old.
Is It Possible For You To Monitor Your Child’s Snapchat Activities?
One major concern parents have when their child starts using Snapchat is, Can Snapchat be monitored by parents and are there any parental controls?
Snapchat is one of the hardest platforms for parents to monitor their child’s activities on. This has to do with the platform’s features and software. Thankfully, there are few ways for parents to monitor their Snapchat account and ensure their child safely uses the app..
Snapchat Parental Controls & Settings
- Ghost Mode: When enabled, this will prevent your child’s location from being disclosed on Snap Map.
- Block & Report Users: If you happen to come across your child communicating with someone they shouldn’t or someone is harassing them, you can block and report the user through their Snapchat account.
- Edit Who Can Contact Them: By default, anyone can contact a Snapchat user. You can change this so your child’s friends can only contact them.
- Disable Quick Add: This will prevent your child’s account from being recommended to other users as someone they should friend request or people they may know.
To learn more about these parent controls in detail, click here.
Utilize Highster Mobile
Highster Mobile is a cell phone monitoring app that can be used to monitor certain activities on Snapchat. With it, you’ll be able to see Snaps and messages that your child sends to their friends. Other than Snapchat, Highster Mobile can be used to monitor activities and messages on Facebook and Instagram. To learn more, click here.
What Children Use Snapchat For
Communicating With Friends
Kids use Snapchat to communicate with friends without their parents prying (that’s what they think!) They send each other text messages, pictures, and videos. It basically doubles as a messaging app along with being a social media platform. Snapchat includes various tools for kids to use to create content such as face filters, multi snap, timer, focus, and text.
Connecting With New People
Just like other social media platforms, Snapchat allows kids to connect with new people. It could be new people on their sports team, from their school, or other kids with similar interests. However, this can put kids at danger, especially when there are sexual predators and catfishers who often create fake accounts.
Use Snap Map To See Where Friends Are
Kids can use Snap Map to see where their friends are. This comes in handy when they are meeting up with friends somewhere in public. However, to use it, they must allow Snap Map to access their location as well. This can put kids in danger, as this will enable their app friends (who could end up being criminals) to view their location.
Share Daily Stories
Stories allows kids to share what’s going on in their daily life, similar to what they might do on their Instagram Stories. Stories consist of a short clip of photos or video content that can be viewable by friends for 24 hours.
So, what will you do with your child’s Snapchat account? We highly advise you to utilize all the settings that are available and use Highster Mobile to at least monitor your child’s Snapchat account.
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