Kids love it. Parents are baffled by it.
There’s a lot to learn about this fascinating and sometimes-infuriating app, the top social media platform for teens today. But let’s start with a look at one of its most seductive features: the Snapstreak.
At age 28, Family Zone cyber expert Jordan Foster of ySafe is young enough to ‘get’ Snapchat. But as a child and adolescent psychologist, she is also a trained observer of the tricks the platform’s developers use to reel kids in - and keep them captive.
Foster is a regular speaker at schools across Australia. She finds kids are gobsmacked to learn that the social media platforms they love best - like Snapchat - are the ones that most successfully exploit their vulnerabilities.
Of course, Snapchat is about more than just snapstreaks.
The top social media platform for teens today, this photo-, video- and text-sharing app allows users to send time-limited images, or sequences of such images, called “stories,” to give a raw, backstage glimpse into a user’s private life.
Kids use Snapchat to send photos or videos that can only be accessed for only a few seconds until they self destruct. (The images that is - not the kids!) Snapchat stories last for 24 hours.
Snapchat's photo filters are a major attraction for child and teen users.
Kids can also private-message and make phone calls on Snapchat. But once a message has been opened, it is automatically deleted. This feature makes it impossible for parents to supervise discussions.
Snapchat is also an increasingly popular platform for “branded content” - which is a fancy way of saying “advertising” - for everything from fast food to film releases. It is also the world’s most popular app for sexting.
The age restriction is 13+, but there is no verification process when signing up.
Cyber experts like Jordan Foster agree that Snapchat is inappropriate for children and younger teens - but, as a parent, how do you keep your kids from getting snapped up? Family Zone allows parents to block entire categories of content (“social media,” e.g.) or a specific app like Snapchat.
Need help setting up your account? We're here to help! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact your school's IT specialist.
The creation of equitable learning environments is a key aim for education in Australia and New Zealand, but it’s a challenging goal and ...
With schools across the country implementing remote learning programs, questions have been raised about how to provide online education in ...
We have seen the amazing job schools have been doing pulling together and executing their remote learning plans. Teachers still have an ...
Family Zone Education is offering free tools to ensure students are safe online and focused on learning while at home, for Australian & New ...