Many people use Snapchat to do bad things to children. Protect your children in using Snapchat with the following tips.
You must 14 years old or older to use Snapchat app. Your child can’t sign up to Snapchat account if they are still 10 or 12 years old, but of course they could put out the older birth in order to use Snapchat. The first step to protect your child in using Snapchat is not to allow them to use Snapchat if they are not 14 years old or older.
Here are other tips to protect and teach your child to use Snapchat safely.
Tell your kids about the dangers of posting inappropriate image or video.
This rule does not only apply when using Snapchat app, but Also apply to other social media apps. Snapchat allows you to upload temporary posts. The photos or videos will disappear after a few seconds (if you upload them to the story, it will take 24 hours before disappear). With this self-destruct feature, perhaps your child will assume that the image or video that has been lost can not be restored or saved.
Many criminals arrested for their postings on Snapchat, this is a proof that all the bad things you post on Snapchat could still spread widely and become viral.
Tell your child that images ora videos uploaded on Snapchat could still be saved by others.
A picture from Snapchat’s post could be viral because someone to save and post them somewhere else. This means that the image uploaded on Snapchat can still be saved. A person can save the pictures posted on Snapchat by taking a screenshot or using third party apps. Teach your child to be responsible with images or videos that they upload.
Even Snapchat itself warn you via their app’s description on the Google Play Store and App Store, “Please note: Snapchatters can always capture or save your messages, such as by taking a screenshot or using a camera. Be mindful of what you Snap!”
Teach your kids how to block strangers who bully or harass them
Once your child installed Snapchat on their phone and have had Snapchat accounts, they are at risk of receiving inappropriate image or video from strangers. Now Snapchat had a universal search feature, allowing strangers to find your child’s account through this feature.
The first rule is to not trust anyone you know from the internet. Set your child’s Snapchat account into private is a wise action to prevent things that are not desirable. Here’s how to do it: Tap the ghost icon at the top of the main screen and tap the gear icon to open the Settings. Scroll down to the ‘Who Can’ section, and chose the option ‘My Friends’ under the contact me part. By doing this, your kids will only able to recieve message or snaps from their friends only.
If your child following back someone they did not know and being bullied or harassed, tell them to block those contact using the same process. After that, you can report the account. Snapchat has a facility on their website where users can report if they are receiving abuse or inappropriate pictures.
Tell your child to use a strong password
Snapchat has a feature called Memories where you can store personal images and videos that are not posted on Snapchat Story. This feature has the same functions like the camera roll. Of course we do not want pictures or video stored on Memories scattered or known by others. To prevent your child accounts compromised, tell them to use a strong password. Do not use birth date or pet’s name because it would be very easy to guess. Use a combination of letters and numbers for the strong passwords and not easily guessed. Do not ever post any sensitive personal information, so that your password is not easy to guess.
The most important thing is to teach your child to be wise in using Snapchat. Do not post pictures or videos that likely they regret if anyone else saw it. Teach your kids to never feel safe to post personal stuff in Snapchat.
So that’s tips for parents to protect their children in using Snapchat app. If you have any other tips, please let us know about it too.