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Snapchat warning for children

June 26, 2017

Snapchat has updated its location sharing information and experts have said this could be dangerous for young people.

This week Snapchat announced its update called Snap Map which allows users to broadcast their location to their friends on the app.

Netsafe NZ have issued a warning saying that the new location sharing update on the popular social media app Snapchat can be dangerous for young people.

Netsafe is a group set up to identify and informs New Zealanders about Internet Safety.

Snapchat  say that users can opt to turn off sharing their location and go in ghost mode.

But Netsafe said that the update still posed a risk for young people as it enables people to find the exact location of others users.

The minimum age for Snapchat users is 13 years old.

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1

this can not be true I love snapchat

2

Welp you could use the kids app 'SnapKidz' something like that 😛 it's made for under 13 perfectly safe.

3

You can just turn your location off.

4

i use snap chat on my mums phone and nothing gone worng

5

Hi my name is jessica and I totally agree with this snapchat use, I am 12 years old and still dont have any social media, because I respect the rules of social media and dont fake my age just to be like every one else that has social media

6

I am on ghost mode

7

yay this is better for children

8

So sad. I love SnapChat and never thought they would do this.

9

wow never did like snapchat in the first place i thought it was scary

10

No way it's my favourite app

11

i heard that it only works if you have wifi

12

What a relief I'm only 9

13

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS SNAPCHAT?! WHY?!!

14

I have snapchat and when I found out about the update I immediately thought: "Wow. That's a bad idea, snapchat." Since my app updated automatically, I went straight to it (right after it finished updating) and changed my location sharing off.

15

What do they think they just did??????

16

dont use musicly too people can be difront to the same person in the photo

17

my parents use snapchat a lot.

18

I got snap chat and I use it when I'm 6 years old

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HarleyQuinn799

Great because I never use Snapchat ever so that's a relief because if I was using Snapchat then I read this then I would get told of or something hahaha🤣👍🤡

20

this cant be true. i cant belive that snap chat would do that i was just going to get that app but i am now not1

21

wow that's scary

22

Snapchat has updated its location sharing information and experts have said this could be dangerous for young people. what

23

I never heard this before