Last month I wrote a post explaining and sharing a few thoughts on a popular app teen’s are using called Snapchat. Snapchat is basically an app that allows you to send pictures to someone much like you would a text message. The “catch” is you can set a time limit for how long the person receiving your picture can see it. However, this is not true. There is still this think called screen shot where you simply snap a picture of whatever is on your screen. So that picture you sent via snapchat is no longer a 10 second picture.
Snapchat is an app you will find on most teens smart phones and is becoming extremely popular. Unfortunately, many parents miss this. They don’t realize what things become easy for their teens to do with an app like this. I believe parents need to be informed about stuff like this. I believe they should spend time researching teen culture and having talks with their children about things like Snapchat. But as a student pastor I believe I’m called to equip and resource parents to do just that. So here are a few blog posts I have ran across that share a ton of helpful information on Snapchat and the teen culture surrounding it.
Just Don’t Leave Any Evidence by Jonathan McKee. In this helpful post, Jonathan shares about sexting. A popular trend among teens as a way to share nude or partially nude photos as well as to engage in sexual conversation. Snapchat is opening the door wide for teens to do more of that! In this post Jonathan shares some more great insights about sexting, Snapchat, and what parents should do.
Teenagers and Snapchat by Jonathan McKee. Here is another great post on Snapchat from Jonathan. As you can see, Jonathan has an awesome blog that I would recommend to student pastors and parents. In this post you will find a video about parents concerns over Snapchat as well as some thoughts regarding what parents should do.
Snapchat: Good for Teenagers by Adam Mclane. I like what Adam does in this post. Instead of just sharing his likes and dislikes of Snapchat, he reminds teens and parents of some important principles to remember when online. These principles are excellent for parents to talk through with their teens.
I recommend that if your a parent that you take a few minutes and read over these excellent posts. Allow them to be a conversation starter with your teen about Snapchat and other things they do online. Don’t wait until you catch your son or daughter doing something stupid on Snapchat to talk to them, be intentional and have the conversations now.