Teens Not Aware that Child Porn Users Accessing Snapchat

Teens Not Aware that Child Porn Users Accessing Snapchat

Oct 16 • For the Parents, Internet Risk/Addiction • 4242 Views • Comments Off on Teens Not Aware that Child Porn Users Accessing Snapchat

In just five seconds, a popular app can allow a child predator access to a pornographic image. In that same brief timeframe, almost anyone else can access a sexual image that they can share across numerous social media networks – a risk many children and teens are underestimating.

Snapshot’s Misuse And Flaws

Recent reports are calling the app Snapchat – which was created for sending quick images at events and gatherings from one subscriber to another – as an app ideal for sexting. Founders of Snapchat say they didn’t have sexting in mind as a focus for the app, but expert and law enforcement officers are sending warnings that Snapchat can be used as a tool for sharing pornographic images of children. The photo link sent from one user to another is supposed to be gone in a matter of seconds, but it’s enough time to capture the image with a screen capture tool or even using as a separate camera. From there, it can be shared virally across websites and other online areas, with the potential to remain online indefinitely.

Other users of Snapchat have been reported as trying to start up conversations about sex with minors who appear in the photos. Examples are circulating of teens who say they believe the images are truly gone after a few seconds, and have been lured into downloading images captured from Snapchat. Suicide attempts and extensive cases of cyber bullying have also circulated based on photos from Snapchat or other apps being shared across online networks.

Snapshot’s Sex Images Resurfacing Years Later

The app and images sent across it, like many others, aren’t monitored in detail and can be difficult to track. Similar apps to Snapchat have disclaimer statements that there is risk involved – but many experts fear teens and young people do not understand or believe the risks are real. In some states, teens who share sexual images have the potential to face child pornography charges. As is noted in increasing national stories, the images can resurface years or even decades later and bring a great deal of emotional harm.

Need For Parent’s To Monitor Downloads And Educate On Dangers Of Sexting

Parents are encouraged to closely monitor downloads on their teen’s smartphone using monitoring and file sharing software, and to continually have conversations with teens about the risk and dangers associated with sexting.

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