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SNAPCHAT

WHAT IS IT?

The Snapchat app lets you send photos, short videos or messages to your friends. Pictures and videos, known as Snaps, usually appear temporarily before disappearing, though they can be captured via screenshots. The Stories feature lets you share Snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours. Using the Discover screen lets you watch Stories from friends, celebrities and brands.

WHY DO KIDS USE IT?

Snapchat's creators intended the app's fleeting images to be a way for teens to share fun, light moments without the risk of having them go public. And that's what most teens use it for: sending goofy or embarrassing photos to one another. Snapchats also seem to send and load much "faster" than email or text.

RISKS

Sexual - HIGH

Violence - MEDIUM

Bullying - HIGH

Suicide and/or self harm - MEDIUM

Drugs, alcohol, crime - MEDIUM

WHAT CAN I DO?

Show your child how to turn on 'ghost-mode' in the app settings to hide their location from other users.