Parents worried of Snapchat's newest 'Snap Map' feature

Posted at 11:39 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-24 14:54:53-04

Snapchat introduced a new feature called "Snap Map." Some people are excited about the new feature, while other people, like parents, are worried about people's privacy. 

The new feature allows people to see where their friends are snapping from, but Snapchat said you can turn it off so no one knows where you are or you can limit it so just your friends know where you are any time you use Snapchat.

"I think first and foremost parents need to be aware of it," Antony Francis with Head of Lettuce Media said.

Francis said parents should continue to have conversations with their children as technology advances and as apps add new features.

"I think they’ll like it if their kids are using it properly, if they’re restricting it just to their friends...younger kids there is probably no good reason for them to be using it," Francis said.

Francis said parents should ask their kids to teach them how to use it.

"It's okay to pretend that you don’t understand even if you might understand a little bit get them to explain it to you to make sure they understand," Francis said.

Francis said there are a number of positives with the new feature. He said you can check where people are hanging out and that may be helpful if you are new to town or are looking for something to do.

"They do have heat maps so you can see where the hot spots are. So opening up the map in Tampa you can tell clearly Channelside is a hot spot," Francis said.