Snapchat recently announced a partnership with Cosmopolitan which will include a new channel, “Cosmo After Dark”. This channel which will be available on Friday nights after 6pm. While this channel isn’t pornography in the strictest sense, it is overtly lewd and sexual in nature.
Given Snapchat’s prevalence amongst teens this is concerning.
Because of the subject matter, Snapchat has stated that this channel will only be available to people who are 18 and older. One of the reasons that this is problematic is that many kids don’t put their correct ages into social networks. This is content I certainly wouldn’t want any kids (irrespective of age) stumbling across.
What should I do?
If your child has an account on Snapchat, you need to make sure that their birthday is correct on their account. The link below (to Protect Young Eyes) has instructions on how to make sure that this is correct.
In addition, if your child is using Snapchat, you need to have a conversation around what is appropriate to share online and what isn’t.