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SnapMaps - Advice for Parents

Parents/Carers of Children using SnapChat

Need to be aware of this change in the app, and discuss it with their children.


Last week SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:

• Ghost mode, where only you can see your position
• My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location
• Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

As with all social media apps and web services, always ensure that your child only accepts people they know on the service, and check regaularly with you the contacts they have.

Although many parents do not use these apps, we advice all to have at least a working knowledge of the risks and uses to help protect your children.

ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. Well worth a read to share with anyone you know who uses the app.

Further reading: Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet) http://www.childnet.com/blog/introducing-snap-maps-the-new-location-sharing-feature-in-snapchat