ParentFurther - Snapchat and Teenagers: What Parents Need to Know


By: Molly Daniels, Guest Blogger

Forget Facebook and Twitter, the new social media tool of choice is Snapchat. The messaging platform boasted 26 million U.S. users at the end of 2013, according to Pew Research. With this mobile app, users can send photos and videos to their friends. These messages promptly disappear after one viewing, which, in the minds of teenage viewers, allows for greater security.

Unfortunately, these photos don’t actually disappear. For the careless young user, Snapchat truly can pose a significant threat. Parents need not ban the app for good, but they should be aware of the many potential security hazards related to using the photo messaging program.