Snapchat is a social media and messaging app, best known for sending disappearing messages. A user can share and watch short videos, play games and make video or voice calls. They can find friends who have shared their location on a map (called Snap Map).

A ‘snap’ is a video or photo that disappears after it’s been viewed. A user can add special effects to a snap including a ‘lens’ which changes how someone looks. People can send a snap to other users or add it to a ‘story’ (a set of pictures or videos that disappear after 24 hours). Snapchat rewards users who chat daily with a ‘snapstreak’ score. Users can pay for SnapTokens and Snapchat+ to do things like buy virtual gaming items. They may also be able to use AI to create a fake image to send as a snap to others. People can save private snaps into ‘My Eyes Only’ which is password-protected.

Users can also text chat with ‘My AI’, which is a personal chatbot (a computer program that can mimic human conversation). For example, a user could ask My AI ‘What is your favourite colour’ or ‘What’s a great gift for a 13 year old?’. The answers may seem trustworthy but can include misinformation and adverts.

Snapchat has parental controls called ‘Family Centre’. If their child agrees, parents can see who their child is friends with and who they have sent messages to in the last week. They can filter some sensitive content such as sexual activity in Stories and Spotlight (not chats, snaps or search). Safety settings include the ability to control who can send you snaps, view your stories or location and report content or another user.


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