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Thursday
Apr112013

FYI: Snapchat: a gateway to Sexting?

First there was Friendster and Mypsace...then came Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The landscape of social media outlets and messaging apps is rapidly changing and new software programs are coming out all the time. In fact, a recent study suggested that teens are now favoring some of these newer "feed heavy, profile-lite" social media sites  and apps such as Snapchat (a photo messaging service) and Vine (attaches a short video to tweets on Twitter) rather than Facebook and MySpace which allow users to create detailed profiles describing themselves and their interests. 

So you may have seen Snapchat making headlines recently.  First a little background:  Snapchat is a new, hugely popular app for smartphones that allows users to add photos and videos to texts (this was instantly a HUGE success among the target demographic of teens and tweens).   

One key feature (and main selling point) of Snapchat is that the messages self-delete after they have been viewed. The sender can select a duration (anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds) after which the image, along with any added text or artwork, will be deleted off the device.  And it is this feature that has landed Snapchat in the news.  Due to the seemingly temporary nature of the texts (and accompanying photos), many worry that Snapchat offers the perfect avenue for "sexting" (sending nude or sexually suggestive images via smartphones and other mobile devices).  Teens and tweens mistakenly assume that the "evidence" of their inappropriate behavior will be immediately destroyed. However, it is important to note that those who receive a Snapchat

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