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Snapchat Sexting: Is Your Teen Sexting On Snapchat?

by | May 5, 2017 | Internet Safety Tips

Snapchat provides a quick and seemingly innocent way to share photos with friends, family, and even strangers. It’s very popular among teenagers and adults alike. However, more and more teens sext using Snapchat and other apps like it. This behavior can cause social and legal problems for teens and their parents. If you are concerned your child is Snapchat sexting, you can sign up for Bark and monitor their Snapchat stories and other social media sites.

Here are some signs that your teen might be sexting on Snapchat and a few things you can do about it.

Why Snapchat Concerns Parents

Snapchat is a free app that allows people of all ages to share captioned photos with one another. Although the truth is that most tweens and teens use it innocently enough, some push the boundaries. Photos shared on Snapchat disappear a few seconds after they’re viewed, which can lead children to believe that the things they share just “go away” after a while, never to be seen again. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The recipient can take screenshots of the images they receive, which can be used maliciously or even shared with others. This can have a lasting detrimental effect on a teen, both socially and emotionally.

Signs Your Teen Might Be Snapchat Sexting

Most parents think, “not my kid” when it comes to the idea of sexting. However, there’s no certain type of child who is more likely to engage in this practice than another. Here are some signs that your child might be sexting, especially if you notice two or three – or even more.

  • They’re protective of their phones. Your teen may do their best to hide their phones from you, or they may go as far as to sleep with their phones under their pillows at night.
  • They refuse to text their friends in such a way that anyone else can see the messages. They may turn their backs to send or read their messages.
  • Your teen becomes angry or defensive when they are questioned about their secrecy.
  • Their grades may drop, or they may fail to keep up with their household responsibilities.
  • Your child seems to become more withdrawn from friends and spend much of their time on their smartphone or with a certain person.

What You Need to Remember

If you think your teen may be sexting, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, remain calm. Teens sext for a number of reasons: They are exploring their sexuality, they think it is a normal part of teen culture, or they feel peer pressure to do so. Find a time to talk to your teen without distractions and ask open-ended questions. Remind your child that nothing they send to anyone else is ever truly private, no matter how it might seem. Explain clearly that they should never share explicit photos of themselves with anyone. Read more about what to do if you discover your teen is sexting. 

The best way to prevent your child from Snapchat sexting is to regularly talk about the potential consequences presented by sharing such photos or even sexually-explicit texts. Use Bark to monitor your child’s behaviors online to provide you with alerts to potential risks your child is taking on social media, email or text messages.

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