What should parents know about SnapChat?

Yalda Uhls, MBA, PhD, Regional Director of Common Sense Media, shares advice for parents what they should know about SnapChat and their child using it
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What should parents know about SnapChat?

SnapChat was actually created by the - The founder says that he created it because kids craft- All of us craft our online identity. So it takes out the joy out of communicating. Communication is often real time, or it used to be real time. And real time is real life. That's what you want. So, SnapChat was supposed to create more of a real time communication. So, what SnapChat is, you can write something or send a photo or short video, I believe. And it goes to the intended person you are sending it to. And once they open it; as long as their finger is on it, they can watch it. They can read it. It's sort of like instant communication. And when their finger goes off, it disappears after 15 to 20 seconds. And it disappears not only of their screen but it also disappears off the server. However, kids think there is no consequences. And the danger, many people think, is that kids may send a photo that they think can't be spread all over, that's an inappropriate photo or some words that are inappropriate. And, in fact, you could actually take a screenshot, even though by keeping the finger on it. It's meant to stop you from taking a screenshot, but as we all know the internet is permanent, things can be permanent, things can spread. It's important still to talk to your child, even though they may feel like "Oh, we've got no way. From the fact that these - Something that I take that it's inappropriate. Only the person that I'm sending to will see." That's not always the case. It can be spread, it can be documented. It can be retrieved.

Yalda Uhls, MBA, PhD, Regional Director of Common Sense Media, shares advice for parents what they should know about SnapChat and their child using it


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Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD

Regional Director, Common Sense Media

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda's own research with the Children's Digital Media at UCLA was written about in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. As an expert on media’s effects on children, Yalda has been featured on the BBC News, KPCC, the LA Times and many other news outlets. Her awards include UCLA's Psychology in Action Award for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia as well as honorable mention for the National Science Foundation's GSRF. Yalda's former career as a Senior VP at MGM, in film production, informs her perspective that media content has great power to socialize children, to inspire and teach as well as to be used inappropriately. In her talks, she brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children ages eight to 18 use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how digital natives use media from her experiences with her two children, ages 10 and 13.  Her newest book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age will be published in Fall 2015. 

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