Everyday the social media keeps evolving with new features, each trying to out-do the other. Some of these innovations are pretty cool and acceptable to all while some of it seems to be creating problems for its users. Talking about the new snap map in snap chat, it's a combination of both for average users, but for parents, it's a major concern.
This is so because the new snap map uses geolocation to allow you see where your friends are. A cartoon-like figure that looks like users- Actionmojis- appears on the map and also allow your friends to see your location. The little Bitmoji moves around as you go around and indicates your location to specific people you select. Whenever a snap is sent to "Our Story", which is a collection of images submitted from different users that are curated by Snapchat's team, people can now see your location, including strangers.
This feature is one that should have been readily welcomed by parents as they'll be able to know where their kids are and where they usually go to, but the problem is that parents wouldn't want their kids whereabout to be known by all and sundry. the good news is that it's very easy easy for you to opt out of this feature. You can either activate 'ghost mde' within the app itself and you won't be visible on the map, or you can deactivate the location setting on your phone so that your location will not be shared by the app or any other app when you don't want it to.
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"The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents, and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works." Snap chat recently noted this to The verge. parents are more worried of being able to keep in touch with current updates, potentially privacy-invading features and hot new apps that comes up from time to time.
parents should use honesty and an ongoing communication to let their kids know how to use the social media responsibly and avoid using scaremongering as this doesn't work. Though it's impossible to know everything that comes in to picture every now and then, especially on the social media, the best way to handle it is by talking to them about your concerns and the risks associated with social media.