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Posted October 14, 2014

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All About SnapChat

Learn about privacy risks of this popular app that lets kids share pictures and personal information.

For more information about SnapChat, visit Common Sense Media's review. 

SnapChat is a mobile application that allows you to "snap" a photo or a video from your mobile device, add a caption, and send it to a friend.

The sender determines how many seconds the recipient will have to view the video or photograph (between 1-10 seconds) before it will be hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from SnapChat's server. .

Facts about SnapChat

  • About 400 million "snaps" (photos or videos) are sent per day, 
  • The average active SnapChat user receives an estimated 20-50 snaps per day
  • 50% of SnapChat users are between the ages of 13 - 17.

Privacy Concerns
While many users think they are sending photos and videos between friends, SnapChat has had security problems. 

  • In Jan. 2014, 4.6 million SnapChat users had their usernames and personal info leaked onto the internet.
  • Just last week, an estimated 98,000 SnapChat videos and photos were leaked onto the internet.
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