As if parents didn’t have already got sufficient to worry about with regards to monitoring youngsters’ social media use, right here’s another so as to add to the record: The introduction of a new map feature on Snapchat.
It’s name Snap Map — and it permits customers to see the actual location of different customers whom they’ve accepted as pals. (Creepy, proper?) Your real-time location is up to date solely while you’re working the app, and though anybody might be discovered and “friended” on the favored app, customers need to first settle for these requests. This implies snaps and places can solely be seen by customers you’ve accepted as pals, which positively takes the creepiness issue down a notch.
Test it out.
After watching the video, I can see how Snap Map would possibly be helpful. However to me, it nonetheless has “stalker potential” written throughout it.
Legislation enforcement officers appear to agree about the attainable risks Snap Map poses to youngsters, they usually’re talking out on social media. “The tracker means that you can view the precise location of your pals,” the Morris Police Division posted on Fb. “It will probably provide the space, city and avenue and should you zoom in sufficient, it exhibits the home on the road format.” The Minneapolis Police Division additionally posted a warning to parents on Fb, writing, “Snapchat has a number of younger customers on it. If your youngsters use Snapchat, please examine to make sure that they’ve their location set to ‘ghost mode,’ that manner nobody can see the place they’re.”
The excellent news is switching over to ghost mode is straightforward sufficient.
- Go into camera-mode in Snapchat.
- Entry Snap Map by zooming out — utilizing two fingers to make a pinching movement on the display.
- Faucet the settings button positioned on the high proper nook of your display.
- Transfer the slider over to allow “Ghost Mode.”
Now, your older youngsters will nonetheless have the ability to see the Actionmojis of different pals who aren’t in ghost mode, however nobody will have the ability to see them. Which remains to be kinda creepy should you suppose about it. However a minimum of nobody can observe your child, proper? Hmmm.
Truthfully, I’m relieved my youngsters are nonetheless too younger to care about any of this. However I do know my time will come quickly sufficient — and who is aware of what expertise will likely be at their fingertips by then? It’s settled. None of my youngsters are getting smartphones till they’re 30.
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