Online Safety – 12/10/22– Snapchat

Snapchat is a picture sharing app, where users can share images with friends they have added and can also post pictures to their story for all their friends to see. Like many other social networks, the minimum age to use Snapchat is 13 years old and it can pose many risks. Primary school aged children should therefore not be using the app, even if supervised. It is important that if older children are using the app, they are only sharing with their friends, never posting to spotlight, they have location services switched off and they are aware of how to remove or block anyone that upsets them. The spotlight feature poses additional risks as videos from people who are not necessarily in your friend list appear on your feed. This means children could easily come across harmful or upsetting content.