Snapchat update worries parents in Flathead Co.


KALISPELL, Mont. - A new Snapchat update allows users to broadcast their exact location in real time.

While the change has many excited about the potential connectivity, parents we spoke with like Sara Hammel said, "It makes me a little uncomfortable."

Teenagers we spoke with say the new Snapchat update gives you the ability to travel the world -- whether it's protests in Seattle, worship in the Middle East or raging wild fires in central California, the app allows you to broadcast your exact location to your friends.

"I don't know if I would want them to have it then," Hammell said. "I don't want everyone to know where my kids are. I think I want to know, but I don't think everyone else needs to know."

But your location isn't automatically on full display; Snapchat will first ask you if you want your location on, and then you can choose who can see you and what you're up to.

Kalispell resident Judah Gillis said, "I kind of like it. I like the idea. People might hit me up more often, knowing I'm around and stuff."

But others say this is technology taking another step in a scary direction.

"I don't know what the next thing will be. So it is a little bit scary to think about what their accessibility will be," Hammell said. "When you look at what it is right now."

Until then, it's full-speed ahead as we continue through the digital age.?