The Discover Section
Discover contains media content created by celebrities, entertainment outlets, and random strangers. While many of these content providers are legitimate, you can’t truly predict what might pop up. Alcohol ads, offensive language, or nudity could pop up just as easily as the New York Times. Content is typically promotional in nature and is frequently mature in subject matter.
How to unsubscribe from content on ‘Discover’
- Open Snapchat.
- Swipe left.
- Underneath the ‘Friends’ section, find ‘Subscriptions.’
- Click the arrow next to ‘Subscriptions.’
- Find the outlet you wish to unsubscribe from.
- In the right-hand corner, find the ribbon icon.
- Tap and hold down the ribbon icon. A menu will appear.
- Toggle ‘Subscribe’ off.
How to hide content on ‘Discover’
- Open Snapchat.
- Swipe left.
- Underneath the ‘Subscriptions’ section, find ‘For You.’
- Tap and hold the content you wish to hide. A menu will appear.
- Tap ‘Hide [Name].’
A story is a photo or video that you submit to be available for just 24 hours on your account. Many users will add to their story multiple times a day. After Snapchat popularized the format, Facebook and Instagram offered story-creation tools, too.
Stories appear as circles, and when you tap them, they autoplay the pictures or videos the user collected. You can create personal stories that your friends can view for a 24-hour period.
Or, if you think your Snap is particularly interesting or newsworthy, you can send it to Our Story. Our Stories are like mini-documentaries of events, holidays, game championships, or other things happening in the world on a particular day. Snaps are curated and compiled by the company. While it’s cool to have your story added to Our Story, it’s also very public, so kids should think carefully before submitting one.
Parental Controls for Snapchat: Location Sharing
When reading through the list of Snapchat terms, one thing that may stick out is the prevalence of location sharing. This is a major concern for many parents, as allowing anyone to see your child’s whereabouts at any given moment is a bit frightening, to say the least. Here’s how you can disable the Snap Map feature:
- On your child’s phone, open the map from the Snapchat home screen by pinching your fingers in toward the middle of the screen (from the corners inward).
- Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Select Ghost Mode to hide your child’s location.
To completely turn off location sharing, go to the main settings menu on your child’s phone and change Snapchat’s permissions. Note that this will prevent them from using certain geography-based filters.
General Snapchat Safety Tips
Despite the app touting the concept of disappearing photos, it’s important to talk to your child about the permanence of anything they share on social apps. Anyone who receives a photo can take a screenshot of the image, ensuring it lives forever. (The app will send a notification to the sender if a photo is captured). It’s crucial that your child understands that nothing they put online is temporary. Many teens have found themselves in uncomfortable situations by sharing embarrassing photos.
If your child signed up for Snapchat with their correct birth date, they should not see adult content, as Snapchat filters content for underage users. Often though, children will put an older birthdate to circumvent this built-in limiter. Most kids use Snapchat to be expressive and goofy and stay in touch with friends (maybe a bit too much!) There is some mature content, but Snapchat is generally appropriate for those ages 16 and older.