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Recently, Snapchat launched a new feature called Snap Map. Snap Map allows users to place themselves on a virtual map, showing their location to friends. The problem is ANYONE can use snap map https://map.snapchat.com to view a public post whether they a snapchat user or not, enabling outside influences to view your child’s post and more importantly location.

With over 75% of all teens using Snapchat this puts children at risk for stalkers, bullies and predators, it encourages location spying! As this is displayed on a “google map”, it sends local details such as street address and not just the area.

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about this other than to make sure your child’s location setting is turned to “Ghost Mode”, this turns off location tracking through Snapchat.

Open snapchat, go to “settings” scroll down until you see “who can see me”, then click “Ghost Mode”

If you have any trouble configuring this setting or would like to know more, please let me know.

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