“Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy, then Stanford University students. Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps”. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of December 2013, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds), after which they will be hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers.”
Yet there is much more to Snapchat than a simple snap and share.
Users can select the time each Snap is view able with a built in timer sent within each image, they can even add text by simply taping on the image before sending it or even doodling on the image.
Even though it can be placed under the same category as Whatsapp or similar messaging platform, Snapchat takes security on the App much more seriously. When a “snap” has been sent and received it notifies the sender when the snap was opened, viewed and even if the recipient has taken a screen shot of the sent snap.
Screenshots can be taken while the user is still viewing the photograph, meaning the image is not completely deleted. This can be a major problem if it ought to land in the wrong hands.
The younger generation are downloading the app on a daily basis as it keeps their images off more popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
This can become a major issue if the application is used in a inappropriate manner.
Snapchat users must be over the age of 13.
The Parents Guide to Snapchat: https://goo.gl/45Ag3w