(Story broke 6/25/2017)
Photo sharing app Snapchat has added a new feature called Snap Map, and it has some parents concerned. The new feature allows Snapchat users to see the location of other users, but it’s not as dangerous as it may sound.
First off, the feature is off by default. If someone wants to be found on Snap Map they need to turn it on first. Secondly, not everyone on Snapchat can see where every other user is. You can only see people on your friends list and they have to enable Snap Map. So no, child predators won’t know where your child is at all time. However, that does come with a caveat.
As a parent, you need to know who your child is friends with on Snapchat. Check their friends list regularly and ask who they are and how old they are. Make sure you get a first and last name for all their friends. If your child were to unknowingly friend someone who was a child predator and turned on Snap Map then they could know where your child is.
Much like with every other social app out there, it’s your job as a parent to prevent your kids from meeting predators online. The apps are not going to do it for you.