Be Cautious of Snapchat’s New ‘Snap Map’ Feature – Especially Parents

Snapchat has released a new update that includes a ‘Snap Map’ feature.  Snap Map allows you to share your location with your friends on a map. Although this feature is designed to help friends meet, it could be abused; which is especially alarming for parents of children using the application.  Predators often use social media and applications like Snapchat to befriend unsuspecting children or individuals.  These predators will now be able to track where the Snap Map user is in real time.  Snap Map location-sharing is off by default for all users, but it’s better to err on the side of caution and confirm this in your settings.

To prevent your location from being shared, here are directions from the Snapchat website:

-Go to your Camera screen

-Put your fingers like this 👌 and pinch them in like you’re zooming out a photo

Location sharing options:

When you open the Snap Map for the first time, you’ll get a prompt to choose    who to share your location with. Whatever you choose, you’ll be able to update this setting later at any time.

Only Me (Ghost Mode): Your location won’t be visible to anyone else on the Map. When you’re in Ghost Mode, your Bitmoji will hold up a blue sign with a spooky specter 👻

My Friends: Your location will be visible to all of your friends on the Map as long as you are mutual friends. This includes any new friends you make too! If you want to choose this option later, go to ‘Select Friends…,’ scroll down to ‘All Friends,’ and tap ‘✓ Select All.’

Select Friends: Choose specific friends to share your location with. Friends you select won’t be notified that you chose them, but they’ll be able to see your location as long as you are mutual friends!  To edit your location settings, just tap the ⚙️ button in the top-right corner of the Map screen! You can change who can see your location, or you can hide your location altogether by going into Ghost Mode.

For more information, visit Snapchat’s website:  http://tinyurl.com/snapmapinfo

This is a great opportunity to talk with your children about internet and phone application safety.  The internet is a fantastic resource for our youth, but it can very easily be misused. Protect your family and review some safety tips from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force website: https://www.icactaskforce.org/Pages/InternetSafety.aspx

 

 

 

 

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