What you need to know about Snapchat

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Police call ‘Snapchat’ app perfect for child sex predators:

Teens’ Nude Photos From Snapchat Lead to Investigation:

If you haven’t heard of Snapchat yet it’s an app that’s available for both iOS and Android devices. That means it’s available for iPods, iPhones, and iPads along with Android phones and tablets. It allows the user to take a picture or video send it to a friend but the picture or video deletes itself after a few seconds. Basically what it’s intended for, even though Snapchat may say otherwise, is for the user to be able to send explicit photos to someone without the recipient being able to save them.

Snapchat either underestimated their user base or didn’t care because the pictures actually can be saved. In one New Jersey high school, two underage girls shared pictures with each other that later ended up on the photo-sharing app Instagram. According to Snapchat’s terms of use, users can be as young as 13. While Snapchat does provide tips for parents they even admit that they do not review the photos being sent and that they can not and will not send parents copies of the messages that their kids are sending or receiving. Once again, parents, you are the only line of defense between your kids and online predators. Not only that but a lot of times you also have to be the conscience for your kids as well.

Here is how you can use the parental controls on iOS devices. For Android, there are several parental control apps in the Google Play Store.

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