My DD is almost 13, she has had Instagram for a couple of years and never had a negative experience on it. I personally use Instagram so I'm not sure if I feel more comfortable with it as I know how to use it. My DD is desperate for snapchat, so far it has been an absolute No from me. But I'm wondering if I am BU in not allowing her to have it? My reasoning so far is because it is known as a 'sexting' app, the messages disappear and also the location finder. Her friends have it and some are allowed Snapchat and not Instagram. AIBU in allowing her to use one but not the other?
I don't think you are being unreasonable, because i understand your reasoning. I allowed my dd (15) to get snapchat when she was 13, but she had to have location services completely disabled (in settings- meaning the app wasnt allowed access to her location) and she had to 'save' the chats with her friends. you can accept/decline friend requests and they can't snapchat you until you do, so i felt safe on the sexting ground. hope this helped a bit x
Yes!! I realised the other day that not only can you see a list of potential people you could add BUT this list is also linked to your friends accounts. So if your DC’s friend has a pervy friend or relative on there, they have access to all their friends accounts and can add whoever they like. Very very dangerous in my opinion.
I didn't realise chats could be saved so that's good to know. I check through her phone currently. That's helpful about the settings too. I wasn't sure if I was being over the top as I know only bad things about it.
@SmileEachDay I really don't like the concept if Snapchat and what my daughter wants to do on it she can do on other things. It's tough because I want to keep her safe but don't want her to feel left out or ridiculed for not having it
When used positively, Snapchat can be good. My eldest son is finishing his first year at university. He sends me little photos and videos on Snapchat to reassure me that he is OK and to let me know what he has been up to. We can also use it as a private messaging service to chat by text. I tried contacting him with WhatsApp etc but Snapchat was the only platform he responded on. So it can be useful.