Snapchat: The Social Network at a Glance
The social network Snapchat is especially popular with younger users. With the app they can take and edit pictures and videos – for example with filters, stickers and emojis. The recordings (“snaps”) can be posted or exchanged in chats. The snaps are normally only visible to recipients for ten seconds. If the pictures or videos are to be viewed for longer, users can add them to their story. This way they are visible for 24 hours.
SAFETY & RISKS
How secure is Snapchat? Risks and Security Settings of the App
Snapchat is often used by young people as a messenger. The friends system of the network can put pressure on the young users. Different smileys show the status of a chat on Snapchat: Who regularly writes messages back and forth? Who frequently writes to another person, but rarely receives a reply? Such markings can be very important for young people.
If the adolescent’s profile is not set to private, strangers can also see the posted messages. Although the snaps are not displayed after some time, strangers can save the content by taking a screenshot. It’s best if parents and children set up the Snapchat profile together, activate the existing security settings and set rules about what can be shared in posts and messages and what is better left private.
TIPS & RULES
Body Cult in Social Networks: Snapchat also affected
Media heroes for children and young people also take place at Snapchat. Many influencers, YouTubers and celebrities upload content to Snapchat every day. They take their fans through their day, showing them daily routines and special events. This is also a place where unhealthy body images can be internalized. Many role models also advertise fitness and health products on Snapchat and present their bodies. Parents should respect their children’s crush on certain role models and show interest.
At the same time, it is important to convey that a person’s value is not measured by their appearance or the number of followers. Alternatives can be found together, e.g. internet personalities whose content is about individuality and self-love, in order to strengthen the children’s self-confidence.
Studies show: Snapchat loses Relevance
Young people use Snapchat primarily for contact with people they know personally. Snapchat is not very suitable as an advertising or marketing space. Since Instagram offers many of the features of Snapchat in a similar way, sending pictures and videos and watching stories of famous people has been shifted a lot to this app.
Snapchat security: Parents should pay Attention to
Defining and adhering to rules – a parent-child contract can help here:
There is no such thing as 100% security on the net! Even if the data is no longer accessible after 24 hours or repeated viewing – misuse is not completely impossible: Snapchat has changed its terms and conditions and granted itself a universal license for all images. “You grant Snapchat a worldwide, permanent, free and transferable license to store, …, modify, publish and publicly display your content. (See international terms and conditions Snapchat.) This is surprising, since the focus of the app is actually on the self-destruction of content. In addition, every user could in principle take a screenshot of the snap – and thus save a picture for eternity. Furthermore, there are various instructions on the net that simply explain how to restore images. And there were/are also apps that download and save the snaps before opening them … Even though Snapchat is constantly working on improving security, there are always gaps. More about this at klicksafe.
The minimum age for using Snapchat is 13 years. If the users are younger, they will see the Snap Kids version – here you can edit pictures and videos with emojis and effects. But they cannot be sent. This restriction probably makes Snapchat rather unattractive for the kids.
What do I REALLY want to send? Spontaneity is very important in Snapchat – and is what makes the app so appealing. Nevertheless, every user should pause briefly before sending a picture and consider whether he or she really wants to share this snapshot with others.
Cyberbullying education: In the beginning, Snapchat was on everyone’s lips because users sent naked pictures via the app. Snapchat has now come to grips with this – but it still can’t be ruled out entirely. Parents should talk to their children about this topic and explain the dangers of cyberbullying.
Klicksafe says: “Since it is possible to find and save these files on the device despite the automatic deletion of the sent pictures and videos, the app should not be used to send open-hearted pictures or videos. The risk is too great that the addressee can access the pictures and possibly forward them or put them on the net. This does not necessarily have to be with evil intent, but the possibilities offered by Snapchat can also be used in a negative way, for example to blackmail a person with their own possibly erotic photos or to edit them and then make them public on social networks for bullying purposes”.