Snapchat ’snaps’ have 9 Lives
By Russ Warner, CEO of ContentWatch-makers of Net Nanny
Snapchat, the mobile app that lets you send disappearing text messages, is getting bigger and bigger. More than 350 million messages are sent each day. (WSJ)
Many teens have embraced the app as their sole method of sending texts. It’s easy to use and very popular. Unfortunately, the concept of the “disappearing text” has made some feel overly confident and even fearless, in some cases, when sharing inappropriate pictures with friends.
Second, researchers at Decipher Forensics have verified (HNGN) that after a ‘snap’ self-destructs, and with the appropriate skills, you can search the device to find the image or video, along with the Snapchat contact list, in a specific folder on the phone or tablet.
In both cases, nothing that was automatically deleted was really removed permanently. Pictures, text, and video are stored on the phone or tablet hard drive and may be retrieved when you connect the device to a computer.
Today’s mobile app users are quick to post without regard for consequence. Parents need to be aware of this fact. Apps and social networks may keep a history that can last for years to come.
A large number of college admissions boards now use Internet search and social media sites Source: to conduct background checks on potential candidates for school. Employers do the same. Social network stalking is a very popular past-time these days.
Talk with your teen about the types of pictures, texts, and videos they send. The question to ask before hitting “send” is whether they would be ashamed of showing the text in public.
Parents, if you are concerned about monitoring your child’s use of apps or social networks, there are software tools to assist parents. For one, there is a new category of software to monitor Facebook and other social network activities. Check out reliable sources such as CNET.com or TopTenReviews.com for “Facebook monitor” or “Facebook parental controls” software.
For managing apps on a mobile phone, you’ll either have to get an app manager for your Android device or change a setting on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to restrict applications from being installed. (For iOS devices, go to Settings>General>Restrictions>Enable Restrictions, then Disable Installing Apps)
Maintaining an open dialogue with your child is one of the best methods of learning about their social network and device usage habits. When you combine good communication with software tools to monitor activity, parents create an optimum environment for protecting their child and for keeping the peace at home.
Note: This article and the opinions expressed here are from Russ Warner, Internet safety expert and CEO of ContentWatch, makers of parental control software Net Nanny.
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Four-time winner of PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice award for Net Nanny, ContentWatch is committed to providing web filtering and parental control solutions for families across the globe. Today Net Nanny is being used in over 135 countries, and is available in English, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and soon in Arabic. Net Nanny has been designed to meet the unique needs of families around the world. Net Nanny is the leading Internet filter keeping up with the latest Internet technologies, Web 2.0, and the constant dangers so easily accessible to families online. Please find Net Nanny on Facebook:@CWNetNanny; Twitter: @netnanny
Russ Warner serves as President & CEO of ContentWatch and has enjoyed a successful career in the Information Technology industry. Prior to ContentWatch, Russ worked at SageCreek Partners as a Managing Director, where he helped start-up companies expand their market reach through channel and strategic alliance development, as well as in fund-raising. He also previously worked at SageCreek Partners and in VP Sales at Alianza Inc. Russ received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology Pre-Med and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from BYU. He has completed coursework at Babson College. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and taught International Marketing for the University of Phoenix Online. Twitter: @russwarner