If you are a parent of young children, and they are in possession of a mobile phone- I am thinking the stats of this are pretty likely in the high nineties – then you will know this phenomenom called Apps. One of the trending apps currently popular with the youth culture is a messaging app called Snapchat.
Snapchat was originaly intended for sharing captures and videos which are then permanently deleted from the app. This led to a tweak which lets the sender know when someone screencaptures the image by way of an alert.
Moving on from this development, saw the release of Snapmaps. This is a deeply concering feature allowing the phones location to be visible on a map interface. Whilst there is an obvious appeal to see where your friends are hanging out it also allows visibility to an unacceptable level.
As a parent or guardian the first step is to speak with your spawn! Opening the app can be fraught. I was immediately confronted with this harridan staring in shock back at me!! Fear not the escape is simple, pinch the screen and you will be transported to maps
In the top right of the screen there is a little cog – aka settings! If you click on this you will be given the option to be Ghost mode – hiden on maps. Friends – as in all their friends on the app, which is a continued misnomer, children can add anyone to their profiles on social media. Finally my preferred option – some friends. Initially they were put as visible only to me the parent.
There is an additional benefit to this setting: you can
stalk erm I mean watch out for you children at any time. For the younger daughter this means she gets more freedom in return for keeping Snapchat open in the backgound of her phone. For the elder this means greater freedoms with events like concerts and travel.
As a footnote I would just like to add that the avatar with the platinum hair is not mine!!!!