As parents try to keep up with the technology their children are using, several schools around Long Island have recently had issues with kids using Snapchat—as well as Instagram, texting and other sites—to send racy pictures and other inappropriate content.
What is Snapchat? Currently one of the most popular social apps among young students, Snapchat allows users to send a photo, video, image or message that vanishes just seconds after the recipient opens it. This leads many to have a false sense of security in sending nude pictures and other inappropriate messages with the feeling that they will be gone forever after opened. But of course this is not true. People have been able to save the images using a screenshot or apps like Snapchat Hack, which circumvent Snapchat’s protection. In addition, on Android phones the vanished photos are still hidden in the device and can be retrieved with the right software.
As a result, teens have had their “vanished photos” saved, shared and even published on websites like Facebook’s Snapchat Leaked (this particular page was shut down.) In a New Jersey school, photos of girls that had been sent via Snapchat were downloaded on Instagram and shared throughout the school. The students involved ended up facing possible porn charges if they did not immediately delete the pictures.
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