Everything Want to Know About Snapchat
If you have tweens or teens, you probably know about Snapchat. It is a social media app that is popular with kids and teens. It lets them share everyday moments, but also makes them look cool. And unlike Facebook and Twitter, which keep track of everything you do, Snapchat uses messages that are supposed to disappear after a certain amount of time. Snapchat is a social media app that can be good or bad, depending on how you use it. It's important to understand how it works and how your users are using it so you can make sure their experiences are positive.
Snapchat also offers other things like games, news, and entertainment. It also has quizzes and very cool photo- and video-editing tools. Users love it because the tools are so innovative that even adults have a hard time using them.
Users adore for some reason the idea of recording, sharing, and then letting go of daily occurrences. That's largely what they utilize Snapchat for. The program has a fun aesthetic with rainbows and flower crowns being popular themes in its photo filters and modifications. But other features pose some risks: Snap Map lets friends see each other's location on a map, which can be unsafe; Snapstreaks requires users to exchange messages for as long as possible, which can be a major time-suck; and Discover offers some age-inappropriate content. With your guidance on privacy, safety, social media pressure and marketing, though, Snapchat can be a fun way for teens to connect.
WHAT IS SNAPCHAT?
Snapchat is a messaging app that allows users to exchange pictures and videos that disappear after they are viewed. It is advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends.
HOW DOES SNAPCHAT WORK?
In order to sign up for Snapchat, you need your name, email address and birth date. You will also need to choose a username (or "handle") and come up with a funny name. To add friends on Snapchat, you can either upload your contacts or search for people you know. You can also add someone by taking a picture of their "Snapcode," which is a unique QR code that is assigned to each user. After that, it gets a bit confusing. On Snapchat, photos usually start conversations.
To start a conversation, tap the big camera circle and take a picture. Then you can use the photo-editing tools to change it how you want. You can also add filters to make it look better. Once you're done, you can send it to anyone on your friends list or add it to your story. Your story is a record of what happened today that your friends can see for 24 hours. Snapchat also offers group texting and group stories where everyone in the group can contribute.
Because people can form strong bonds over social media, they might feel like they are letting the other person down if they don't keep a Snapstreak going. Teens have even been known to give friends access to their Snapchat accounts so the streak doesn't end. This might result in feelings of tension, worry, and compulsion. It's important to know if your kid has a bad habit so you can figure out why that selfie is so essential.
WHAT IS SNAP MAP?
Snap Map is a way to show where you are on a map. Only your Snapchat friends can see where you are. If your friends have turned on Snap Map, you can see their locations too. You can also turn this off or use it in Ghost Mode, which means you can see the map but no one else can see you.
Snap Map, like the other Snapchat features, allows you to view your friends' stories in chronological order. Snap Map also shows news and events from all over the world, such as a political gathering in another nation that appears as an icon on a world map. The most significant issue with Snap Map is when a user's location is revealed to all of their friends; some of their Snapchat contacts might not be actual friends. Unless there's a special occasion and it makes it simpler for pals to know where each other are, it's best to turn off or use Snap Maps in Ghost Mode.
WHAT IS A SNAPCHAT STORY?
A story is a collection of moments in the form of pictures and videos that, taken together, create a narrative. (After Snapchat popularized the format, other social media services, including Facebook and Instagram, offered story-creation tools, too.) On Snapchat, stories appear as circles, and when you tap them, they autoplay the pictures or videos the user collected.
You can create personal stories that your friends can view for a day. Or, if you think your Snap is particularly interesting or newsworthy, you can send it to Our Story. Our Stories are like mini-documentaries of events, holidays, game championships or other things happening in the world on a particular day. Snaps are curated and compiled by the company. While it's cool to have your story added to Our Story, it's also very public, so users should think carefully before submitting one.
WHAT'S A SNAPCODE?
Snapchat will give you a unique QR code when you sign up. If you meet someone else who uses Snapchat, you can take a picture of their QR code to add them as a friend.
Snapchat is a social media app that is easy to use. You can find your friends on it by using your contacts or by exchanging codes. Because it is so easy to add people, teens may end up adding virtual strangers as friends. This can be risky, so it is important to talk to your teen about when it is safe to add people.
Discover includes content from celebrities, news and entertainment outlets, and other users. You can subscribe to specific sources to get their feeds. Some of the content is legitimate news from publishers like the New York Times and Vice Media. However, there is also a lot of promotional content, and it may be unsuitable for children.
This section includes a variety of content, some of which may be harmless and some of which may be shocking. It's important to take a look around and get a sense of what your users are seeing.
WHAT ARE SOME OF SNAPCHAT'S OTHER BENEFITS?
Snapchat is more than just sending cute photos. The more you use it, the more points you get and your Snapchat score goes up. Snapchat awards high scorers with trophies and other benefits. Here are a few other features:
Face Lenses & World Lenses: Snapchat lenses are cartoon-like features that you can add to your photos. They make your face look like a different character or add special effects to the photo. You can buy lenses on Snapchat for a price.
Geo-Filters: Businesses use geo-filters as a way to get customers to check in and advertise their businesses. Users can also create geo-filters for special occasions, like their night out of the town, to add to photos taken at the event.
Snapcash: Snapcash is a way to transfer money to other people, similar to PayPal or Venmo.
Memories: If you do not want your snaps to disappear, you can store them to send later.
Snapstore: This is an online store where you can buy Snapchat-related items.
IS SNAPCHAT SAFE FOR USERS?
Most people use Snapchat to have fun and stay in touch with their friends. That's the end of the story. There is some mature content, but it is appropriate for most users who are 16 years old or older. However, there are three key risky areas:
Disappearing Messages: When Snapchat first started, it was labeled "the sexting app" because people sent intimate photos, assuming they'd self-destruct. Any app can be misused, but a lot of users mistakenly believe that Snapchat has a built-in Get Out of Jail Free card. Users really need to understand that the content they share can be saved and shared and may never go away.
The Blackhole of Time: Snapchat is a fun app to use. There are lots of things to discover on it. If you want to keep your Snapstreaks alive with friends, you will have to use the app more than what is required.
Privacy & Safety: Because it's so simple to add pals in Snapchat, you might wind up with a large number of strangers on your buddy list. And depending on your preferences, the software may collect a lot of information about your activities both inside and outside of the program. Snapchat also collaborates with several third parties that have access to your data.