Snapchat is a messaging app in which you can send a picture with the message. The message and picture (Snaps) disappear in a certain amount of time. The pictures have fun, cute, funny filters (not to mention ones that make me look 20.) The 2nd main element of SC is the "stories." Throughout the day, people take pictures or short videos of what they're doing that day. These stories last 24 hours and then they disappear (unless you save them to Memories.) I especially love watching my cousins in Florida, seeing how & where they live. To sum it up, "Snaps" & Stories" are the 2 main elements.
Snapchat has recently updated and at the top of the "Stories" page are articles / advertisements. These are from MTV, The Daily Brief, Cosmopolitan, just to name a few. They're teaser articles to get you to click on them. More often than not, these contain explicit material, both pictures and articles.
So what's the problem, just don't click on them, right? Wrong, the cover picture is often pornographic in nature. If you or your child are on Snapchat, you WILL see these pictures.
I started researching and trying to find a way to turn these off, unsubscribe or block. Currently, SC does NOT allow you to do anything with them. These scroll across the top of the "stories" page, so if you are on SC, you will see these pornographic pictures and articles.
Businesses have freedoms, read my previous post and you will see I definitely believe in freedoms! Snapchat has the freedom to put advertisements where they want, I understand this is how they make money. What I'm asking is for SC to make a way to block or remove offensive content.
How can you help? Please take the following steps below..
1. Look at your SC or your kids' and decide if you feel like the content is appropriate. You need to be on their stories page. It will look something like this, where it is blurry are the names of their friends. Keep in mind, the ads at the top change daily.
2. Go here and let Snapchat know you aren't happy with the recent change they've made. You have to enter a username, so use your kids if you have to. :-) My answers looked like this...
If you want to read any additional articles, here is what I've found. Unfortunately, there isn't much information on this... and that needs to change. Good luck, parenting isn't for the weak!
Go here to report a safety concern.