New Snapchat feature raises concern for some parents
MISSOULA, Mont. —
The social media app Snapchat introduced a new update called Snap Map. Snap Map shows a person’s location, down to the town, street, and if you zoom in enough it shows the house on the street layout.
“I have a 4-year-old, and we play with the filters and stuff, and I didn't know that. It’s scary,” said Amanda Adkins.
“Social media is getting out of control,” said Robin Poole.
“Using the similar apps like that I could zoom in and see what room I was standing in my house,” said Nicole Bragg.
Snapchat and other apps are used to talk with friends and explore news. Trouble is it can let people in parents might want kept out.
Police look at social media in cases of assault or harassment.
“People using social media to locate can be alarming and can be dangerous, especially when you are talking about young children, who may be utilizing some of these mediums to communicate with who knows who,” said Missoula Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh.
Carolyn Buchta knows just how important it is for parents to be vigilant about their kids’ online interactions. She founded a social movement that teaches kids the importance of face-to-face interaction and how to not be victimized.
“We teach them how to be safe online; you never give away your information, you never talk to someone online you don't know, you don’t give your phone number, school, name,” said Buchta.
She says parents should be involved.
“You need to know what your kids are up to on social media, because it opens up the entire world to them, not just their school,” said Buchta.
It's critical advice, particularly in a social media age where young users try to add as many followers as possible.