Many teens do not know how to use the internet and their apps responsibly. Abuse is common with apps that share photos.
One of the most common apps teens use to share images is Snapchat.
“Snapchat gets hacked quite often, so it’s not very safe or smart to use it inappropriately,” junior Tracy Stimatze said.
The problem with Snapchat is users can send embarrassing or risque images, thinking the image will disappear in 10 seconds. However, they are wrong. Anyone who receives a snapchat has the option to screenshot the image with the sender being notified. They can also use another app to help save the image without the sender knowing.
“I think that sending inappropriate pictures is a bad idea because if people find out they will get a bad image about the person,” sophomore Jared Shriver said.
SnapSave is an app that anyone can log into with Snapchat information and can save the pictures secretly. Often times these secretly saved images can be used as blackmail or distributed to whoever or wherever they want.
Another way pictures can be saved without others knowing is a photo vault app. It lets users lock their pictures with a password. It seems though, that if someone is needing to hide an image they shouldn’t have taken it in the first place.
“I would feel mad if someone saved my images without me knowing about it,” senior Tristen Hogan said.
The point is, DO NOT send inappropriate pictures out because they can get around and could possibly become a problem in your future. Nobody wants a dumb decision made in high school to ruin future career or relationship chances.
Good things can come from social media if it is used in the right way. Snapchat is a fun way to stay connected with friends, just don’t do anything that you may regret later.