This topic has been coming up a lot lately with people we know, especially from adults with kids and teenagers.
For those of you who don’t know what SnapChat is, it’s basically an app that lets you take a picture, send it to someone, and after 10 seconds or so it deletes it from the receiver’s device and prevents them from saving it to their your phone – giving the impression that you can safely send pictures without anyone saving a copy.
As a parent with two small kids growing up in the age of technology, I’ve paid careful attention to our 4 yr old’s habits change. She has had an iPad since she was one, and while most people think this is crazy, she used it more for learning than she did for anything else…ok, and maybe the occasional Dora episode. At age 4, she’s migrated from watching her shows on netflix to watching them on youtube. This starts to concern me because innocently enough she has gone form watching her Minnie Mouse shows to watching family guy and even dolphins giving birth. (yikes!)
I can see this is only going to get worse! Protecting and monitoring your kids on the internet can’t be underestimated and I could start a whole new blog on that topic alone. However, in regards to SnapChat…check out this article from Adam McLane “Why You Should Delete SnapChat“. Now talk to your kids and every parent that makes eye-contact – it is never safe to take and send a picture that you wouldn’t be willing to share on the jumbo-tron during the 2013 Grey Cup game.