Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:13

New Snap Map Warning for Parents

What Parents Need to Know About the New

"Snap Map" Feature on Snapchat

The popular social media platform introduced the function last month, hoping it would help users meet up and view nearby news and events.

However, many people and parents are seriously troubled by confusing privacy settings. Rush through the three-step setup, and kids could essentially share their personal addresses with everyone on their friends list every time they use the app. Submit a snap to the public photo collection called "Our Story," and even strangers could see where they are.

The good news is that it's possible to opt out of the tracking feature. To keep your children safe, change their map settings to "Ghost Mode." On the camera screen, pinch the screen like you're zooming out. This will open the Snap Map and start the tutorial if it hasn't been completed already. You can select "Only Me (Ghost Mode)" here, or if the feature is already enabled, tap the settings gear in the top right corner of the map. You can switch between Ghost Mode and the other sharing options here as well.

While many people are questioning the introduction of the feature, Snapchat assures that privacy is a top concern. "The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works.

If you want to prevent Snapchat from accessing the phone's location altogether, you can also change tracking permissions under the device's general settings. However, you'll lose all of those cool geofilters! Your best bet? Talk to your kids about safe behavior on social media, advises the Federal Trade Commission. Open communication will help them learn how to protect themselves online, both now and in the future.

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