What on earth is a "Snapstreak"?

Snapchat.

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 filters GIF by Ingrid Michaelson -downsized_large

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. Curious about how it works? Start your no-obligation free trial today.


Topics: Parental Controls, Screen time, Cyber Safety, snapchat, Social Media, digital parenting

    Try Family Zone for FREE

    Sign up now to try Family Zone for 1 month, totally free of charge.

    Free Trial
    Subscribe to our newsletter
    Follow us on social media
    Popular posts
    Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | musical.ly | Social Media | tiktok | child development | self-harm | sexualisation
    One mum's jaw-dropping journey through TikTok
    Parental Controls | Cyber Safety | Cyber Experts | parenting | roblox
    Roblox: What parents must know about this dangerous game for kids
    Parental Controls | Screen time | youtube | smartphones | WhatsApp | suicide | self-harm | momo
    MOMO unmasked
    Parental Controls | Pornography | Cyber Safety | Social Media | parenting | digital parenting
    Pornstar to parents: shame on you!
    Parental Controls | Screen time | musical.ly | online predators | tiktok
    It's the world's most popular app. And you've probably never heard of it.
    Parental Controls | Screen time | teens on social media | wellbeing | dating app
    Swipe right for trouble: Six teen dating apps parents need to know about

    Recent posts

     
    What is "sadfishing" and why are kids doing it?

    Sadfishing. The name may be new - but the phenomenon of fishing for sympathy online (and off) is anything but. 

     
    More parents are worrying about cyber safety - but what are they doing about it?

    A new report suggests many mums and dads are sending their kids mixed messages. 

     
    "If you can mention it, you can manage it"

    “If you can mention it, you can manage it.”

     
    Kids are obsessed with TikTok. So are predators.

    Instagram and Snapchat are sooo 2019. Today it’s all about TikTok, the Beijing-based streaming app that has upwards of 500 million active ...