What is Snapchat? The New Sexting? Teens are on to It.

The risk to your digital reputation is high.  The opportunity to cyber bully is elevated.  The attack on cyber safety is raised.  A photo arrives on your phone, you have 7 seconds to view it and it disappears into thin air. You can’t take a screen shot, you can’t save it, you can’t use it as evidence.  With the new, month old,  Snapchat App, photos can be sent and timed to automatically delete from the receiver’s account at a time designated by the sender.  The cynical amongst us might wonder if programmers have identified a niche market and are exploiting it.  The demographic could at best be labelled the impetuous teen and at worst the mean teen. This app, available on mobile devicces allows the account holder to select a photo, designate a period of time that it can be viewed and send it.  The receiver has only the designated time to view it and then the photo disappears.  It is hard to think of positive uses for this app and sadly equally easy to imagine the worst.  On a positive note it is intended that by using Snapchat a photo cannot be shared. 

However 110 million photos  have been sent and while it seems that it is impossible to take a screen shot, another camera device can take a pic of the screen and more ominously Snapchat has recently updated its disclaimer policy to state that while it attempts to ensure that photos are immediately erased from its servers:

‘it cannot guarantee that the message data will be deleted in every case…..Messages, therefore, are sent at the risk of the user.’

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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