Results of a new Snapchat poll are out this week, conducted by UK firm VoucherCodesPro . The poll asked 1,345 men and women between the ages of 18 – 30 about their Snapchat habits, including what type of photos they have been receiving:
- 67% of respondents reported receiving images that were “inappropriate”
- 47% had received nude pictures
- 11% had received pictures depicting illegal acts
The seedier side of Snapchat is happening, but the above results may raise an extra eyebrow or two for parents.
First, most parents of teens who I know would probably talk to their kid about this if they hadn’t already, but would be more focused on whether their son or daughter was sending nudes. I’m not a psychologist, but I bet that if you are receiving nude photos on a regular basis, it would probably change your attitude about what is normal and appropriate.
Second, a steady diet of pictures of your peers engaged in illegal acts is bound to have a desensitizing effect.
With more Snapchat photos finding their way off of phones and onto the internet, parents need to step up their communication with teens, and not only focus on what teens are sending, but also talk about how to deal with what they are receiving.
Or have you teen dump Snapchat altogether.
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