The idea behind Snapchat is the perfect secretive messaging app. Messages, pictures, and videos are temporary leaving no trail of evidence of wrongdoing.
This is one of the reasons why Snapchat has become one of the most popular messaging (and sexting) apps among teens and young adults.
But this anonymity can also be truly terrifying. Imagine what your children might do with an app like this. Or perhaps your concerned about who your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend might be sending. In this article we'll discuss different ways for you to monitor someone elses Snapchat.
Lots of people use Snapchat. It has become one of the worlds most popular social media messaging apps as it allows you to send messages, pictures, and videos to friends and contacts.
If your children are using Snapchat not only could they be exchanging messages, photos, and videos with friends, but they are also potentially exposed to OTHER users including online predators. The minimum age to get a Snapchat account is 13, but simply entering a fake date of birth is enough to circumvent this restriction.
This means kids of any age might be exposed to adult content, predators, and worse.
There are a handful of spy apps that allow you to monitor your child's phone and see who they message with. You can also see their text history, pictures, and videos. You'll even be able to see deleted Snapchat messages.
While no one wants to stoop to spying on a loved ones phone, some people just can be trusted. In these situations you have to protect yourself. If you need to view your wife or husbands Snapchat you can accomplish this with a cell phone spy app.
The beauty of these apps is that you don't even need to hack their Snapchat password. Once the spy app is installed you'll be able to quickly see all of their messages by viewing your online dashboard.
The vast majority of phones on the market are either iPhones or Androids. Regardless which one you need to hack there is an app specifically designed for it. When looking at specific software packages just be sure that you select the correct phone platform for the phone you want to view.
Even though Snapchat users are supposed to be protected from others saving their pictures or videos there is software out there that allows people to do exactly that. This is why it's so important for users to understand the potential consequences of using the app.
As an adult it's easy to understand how these messages, images, and videos can cause significant harm, even if they are only "temporary". But this is lost on youth.
Some young users make the assumption that their “Snaps” are totally harmless as they disappear in just a few seconds. The truth of the matter is that anyone can save a screenshot of a "Snap" to their phone. What they do with it then is completely up to them. And we know that children and teens lack a true understanding of the repercussions of their actions. This opens the door to all sorts of issues including aforementioned predators, online bullying, and more.
We've all experienced bullying of one kind or another. For most kids it's a right of passage. But now days cyberbullying has become a huge problem. Unfortunately social media apps like Snapchat make it extremely easy. Oftentimes a picture or video of a teen in a compromising situation will be used to haze or roast them.
While most teens would say this is all in good fun, there are studies that show this has a significant impact on the psyche of teens and young adults.
Another popular use for Snapchat among teens is for "sexting". What is sexting? It started out as flirtatious conversations over SMS or other messaging apps. But now it even includes sending your love interest, girlfriend or boyfriend a revealing picture. Of course the idea with Snapchat is that once the pic or video is viewed that it will disappear.
But there are apps out there that allow you to capture these photos or videos. In some cases this has ended with nude pictures or videos being posted to the internet.
Of course Snapchat absolves themselves of any responsibility when you first sign up and agree to the fine print in their terms of usage. There are clear warnings that you must take complete responsibility for whatever you post. Of course this means nothing to most teens and young adults, even if they were to read the guidelines at all.
While it's been long forgotten there was a hack of hundreds of thousands of Snapchat pictures and videos back in 2014. Known as the "Snappening", this leak contained child pornography, videos, and and images that teens had sent each other over the social media platform. Talk about a parent's worst nightmare!
If you want to keep tabs on your child's chat app usage it's helpful to sit down with them and discuss the ramifications of using a social media app like Snapchat. As much as you can, impress upon their young minds the dangers and potential embarrassment of posting pictures or videos of themselves online. While it may seem like fun and games, people truly do get hurt.
If you're looking to monitor your significant other's phone you'll most likely just need to secretly install the app.
If you trust your children to behave, by all means allow them to use the app. If you don't, you'll want a way to monitor their communications with friends and others. This can be accomplished with a phone tracking app. We cover some of the best here (http://www.thetoolreport.com/cell-phone-spy-app-reviews/)
Cell phone monitoring apps can be installed directly onto your child's iPhone or Android. They allow you FULL access to almost everything that happens on the phone including all text messaging, phone calls, pictures, and more. Some of the more powerful apps like FlexiSpy even allow you to directly listen in to calls and record them.
Our particular favorite monitoring app is mSpy. It offers two different monitoring solutions. One requires installing software on the target phone. The other only requires you to get the iCloud credentials of the phone and that automatic backups be enabled. Then you'll be able to monitor the activities of the phone. You can read our full mSpy review at www.thetoolreport.com/mspy-review/
We go into further detail about tracking a phone without the user knowing in this article.
Regardless of whether you trust your child or not, it's important to at least have the discussion with them about the potential dangers of using apps like Snapchat. You could be saving your child and yourself a great deal of grief and embarrassment.
Jason is a work from home dad who has a passion for DIY projects, yard work, and SEC Football. His background is IT, but he's always fancied himself as a part-time ship welder, landscaper, and short order cook. During the week he can be found on his laptop 10 hours-a-day, but on the weekends he escapes to the local DIY Cave to play with REAL toys.