What’s new in teen social media trends? Update #1: Snap Map


The ever-changing landscape of social media apps that teens use can present issues and concerns around topics such as safety and cyberbullying. Staying aware of trends allows you to have a consistent open dialogue with your child. One such trend is Snap Map…

Snap Map – Snapchat’s location sharing update

What is Snap Map?

Snap Map is a function of the Snapchat app that allows users to track their friends’ locations on a map using GPS.

Can people automatically see where you are—right now, without you knowing—if you’re using Snap chat?

No. Location sharing is optional and turned off by default. When you open the Snap Map for the first time, a prompt has you choose whom you’d like to share your location with. That could be nobody (ghost mode). Or it could be all your friends (as long as you are mutual friends), or specific friends that you choose. Snaps shared on the public Our Story can show up on the map as well. Settings can be changed at any time. Your location on the Snap Map is only updated when you’re using Snapchat, not if your phone just happens to be on.

Can people literally see what you’re doing in real time?

Not quite. The way some are making it sound is that people can watch you through their phones as you’re eating or sleeping or working, like a live stream. They cannot. But Snapchat is trying to guess what you’re doing using data such as as your location, speed of travel, the time of day, and whether your headphones are plugged into your phone. When it thinks it knows, it changes your “Actionmoji,” a cartoon avatar, showing it on the map in an illustrated car, airplane, or perhaps under a beach umbrella. Friends with whom you’re sharing your location can see the snaps you’ve posted in that particular spot.

Parents, be sure to have a conversation with your child about appropriate settings and concerns you have about others knowing his/her location.

Source: Lifehacker, 2017. http://offspring.lifehacker.com/a-guide-to-snapchatssnap-map-for-parents-who-are-freak-1796609749


Snap Facts

  • 60% of “Snap” users are under 25
  • 23% of Snap users are in high school
  • In a survey, one third of respondents age 13-24 said they used Snap Chat because their parents did not
  • Companies can pay to add brand specific filters for users to apply to pictures

Source: Hootsuite Blog, 2016. https://blog.hootsuite.com/snapchatdemographics/

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