Snapchat is a widely used social application, mostly popular among tweens and teens. If you have tweens or teens at home, then you might be familiar with Snapchat already. And still, if you don’t know how to use it, you’re probably over 30. Snapchat provides kids and teens with what they are looking for in today’s era: they can share everyday moments while simultaneously using filters to look awesome. And unlike Facebook and Twitter, the Messages of Snapchat are meant to disappear. Unlike other social media apps, Snapchat is complex, so it’s better to understand how it works before using it and make sure if it is useful for your kids.
In addition to social benefits, Snapchat has a lot of other cool stuff to enjoy for you and your kids: news and entertainment, games and quizzes, and exciting video and photo-editing tools.
WHAT IS SNAPCHAT?
Snapchat is one popular social app that allows users to exchange snaps (Photos & Videos). Those snaps disappear after they’re viewed. It’s known as an “innovative camera” because the main purpose is to take a picture or video, add different filters, lenses, or other effects and share them with colleagues.
How Does Snapchat Work?
Sign up for a free account on Snapchat. All you need is your name, email address, and birth date. You can use any user name that pleases you and add more fun. You can easily add friends, upload your contacts or search for people you know. There is a unique “Snap Code” for each user, scan it, and the user will be automatically added to your contact list.
According to the ToS of Snapchat, users should be 13 or over. You need to enter your birth date during account creation to set up an account. But there’s no such age verification button, so it’s easy for kids under 13 to sign up for Snapchat. Most of the Common Sense Media has rated Snapchat OK for teens and up because of the exposure to adult content and the marketing ads, such as quizzes, that store data.
Disappearance of Messages
There is always a cool feature in every application, and this, the disappearance of sent text in Snapchat, is just awesome. According to the time limit you set, it will disappear after it is viewed. However, receivers can take a screenshot of your text, but as you know, every problem got a solution, right? Another cool feature of Snapchat will send you a notification right after that; the person you sent this text took a screenshot.
If you want to be connected with your friend and want to know that they are also connected, then this is feature is just for you. When two friends send each other snaps for three days without missing, it will create a streak between them. And a fire icon will pop up on their name with a number; that’s it, your streak is started. But make sure to reply to the received snaps within 24 hours; otherwise, you can lose that ongoing streak. But sometimes it becomes stressful, like sending and receiving snaps daily like an addiction. It can harm your freedom and lead to stress and tension, so be aware of that situation.
When two people are connected, they surely want to know the location of each other. Snap Map does it for you; it displays your real-time location on a map. This location is only visible to your Snapchat friend. You can also see their location if your friends have opted out of their location on Snapchat. Sometimes this feature is a headache because not everyone the Snapchat is your real friend. If you don’t want to know others about your location, turn on the Ghost mode then no one will be able to locate you, but you can easily see the map. You can also see news and events on Snap Map, so make sure to keep yourself updated and join those events.
If you want to share something with all of your friends on your contact list, you can’t share that photo or video with everyone individually. That’s why Snapchat introduced an option of story-sharing, upload the photo or video on your story portion, and boom, your story will be visible to everyone. As this feature gained popularity worldwide, other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram also introduced this option to their users. When you upload a story, it appears as a circle, and when someone taps, it will start playing automatically. And it will disappear after 24 hours.
Snapchat is a platform where any random person can search your name and send you a follow request. That is why Snapchat introduced Snap Code. Snapchat gives you your unique QR code when you sign up for it. So, whenever you want to add a person or friend that you want to add, take a snap of their Snap Code, and Snapchat will add that person to your friend list. Isn’t it cool? This way, you can save yourself from some sneaky rat. Make sure to use this feature when you are not sure that the person you are accepting is real or not. And also inform your friends about this cool feature.
Everyone loves to follow and watch their favorite celebrities and content creator. Discover does this job for you; it offers you the content created by celebrities, news and entertainment outlets, and other users. You can subscribe to specific Discover sources to receive their feeds. But sometimes, there might be adult content and ads related to alcohol that can distract your kid. So, make sure to put their date of birth correctly while creating their account. If they are underage, Snapchat filters out and hides that content.
Some Other Features
Snapchat is not just about cute and cool photos; it is way more than that. You can get points for using Snapchat; the more you use the app, the more points you get. Snapchat awards high scorers with trophies and other perks. Here are some other Snapchat features:
Face lenses and world lenses:
If you’ve seen pictures of people with cartoon, cat ears, and whiskers on their faces, those are face lenses.
Your geo-filter will get unlocked whenever you visit a specific place. The business owner can use this information to advertise their product.
It allows users to transfer money to each other like PayPal or Venmo.
If you don’t want your snaps to disappear, you can store them to send later.
A feature that helps you identify a song.
After going through all the above discussion, you must have known that Snapchat is one of the best social apps out there, so what are you waiting for? Just hit the download button to download this amazing app. And leave a comment below in the comment section to let us know how you feel about Snapchat. You can download this app on the google play store or from our website Apksmile.
Is Snapchat safe for private chats?
The answer is not completely; although all the chats are completely encrypted, no one can ensure data leakage.
How do I stop someone snapping me?
For that, you need to select that person or particular group and long tap on it; now click the setting button and click the mute button. You will no longer receive notification from them.