We created this Snapchat Parents Guide to help people understand this new and popular app that kids are using.
What is Snapchat?
Definition: Snapchat is a messaging service that allows people to send photos and short videos to each other, called Snaps. Distinguishing feature: the photos you send disappear. Seconds after opening snaps, users can no longer access them and the images are deleted from the company’s servers.
Snapchat Age limitations
From Snapchat Terms
People under the age of 13 are prohibited from creating Snapchat accounts. However, children under the age of 13 can register for the Snapchat app (and when they insert an age under 13 years old) Snapchat becomes: “Snapkidz,” a limited- functionality version of Snapchat. It includes the familiar interface for taking Snaps, captioning, drawing, and saving Snaps locally on the device, but does not support sending or receiving Snaps or adding friends.
Interesting Snapchat statistics:
- Snapchat has 60+ million total users, 30 million active monthly users, and 70% of all users are female.
- 400 million Snapchats are sending per day.
- 32% of all teens in US at the age 13 to 17 years old use Snapchat.
- Co-founder and CEO of the Snapchat Evan Spiegel just turned 24.
- Snapchat’s most popular feature is Stories.
How to create a Snapchat account?
1. Download and install the Snapchat app. from Google Play or Apple App Stores
2. Create an account. Creating an account is free, and requires you to enter your email address and birthday, as well as create a password.
3. Create a unique username
4. Add contacts. Snapchat will ask you if it can tap into your phone’s contacts list. Then Snapchat will scan your contacts and see who else is a Snapchat user. You can then add any matches automatically. You can also add people one at a time by searching for their usernames.
How to create and send Snaps?
From Snapchat Support
1. Take a photo Snap (tap the center circle button once).
2. Record a video Snap (press and hold the center circle button for as long as you want the video to be).
3. Set the timer up to 10 sec for a photo Snap. Note that it can’t guarantee the Snap will only last for this amount of time and the recipient could take a screenshot of the Snap.
4. Add a caption by taping in the middle of the screen.
5. You can also draw on your Snap, just tap the pen icon in the top right corner.
6. Select all recipients you want (arrow icon in the bottom-right corner) and tap “Send”.
Viewing received Snaps
1. Open your list of received Snaps, a Cube icon in the bottom-left corner. If you have new Snaps, a number will appear above the icon indicating how many unread Snaps you have.
2. Press and hold the Snap you want to open. The timer in the upper-right corner will indicate how much longer you can view the Snap.
3. Replaying a Snap. You can only do this once per 24 hour period, and it will only allow you to replay your last-viewed Snap.
What is a Snapchat Story and how does one post it?
From About.com Web Trends
A Snapchat Story is a photo or video you post to your very own Stories section (or feed) of your account, which is visible by you and all your friends.
Stories live for 24 hours and can be viewed again and again for that period. You can post photos and videos to your feed by pressing “Add to Stories” icon.
From Business Insider
To start chatting swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox. Once you leave the chat screen, messages that both you and your friend have seen will disappear.
Snapchat Video Chat
From Snapchat Support
Live video chat is only a press and hold away.
Press and hold the blue Here icon to immediately broadcast live video and audio of yourself to your friend.
When they do the same, you’ll immediately be in a two-way video chat.
While video chatting, you can switch views from the front-facing camera to the rear-facing camera.
You’ll still be streaming live video of yourself to your friend until you take your finger off the screen.
To stop receiving live video from a friend, swipe left to exit Chat and return to the feed screen.
Sexting is a major concern
One major concern with Snapchat is ‘sexting’ and how teen Snapchat users use the app.
One of the reasons teens are sending inappropriate Snaps, is that their parents aren’t on Snapchat.
What questions do you have about Snapchat? Let us know in the comment section below.