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Snapchat just got creepy: How to protect yourself

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So if you don’t already know, Snapchat have just introduced ‘Snap Map’ a feature that allow you to see where all your friends are, and what they are doing at any time, even seeing their exact address.

Lads, this is weird and will potentially ruin friendships, careers, and even lives because it encourages paranoia and turns real friends into spy kids.

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While its fine to share your location with your friends and family, unless you’re a vegetarian in Burger King, a girlfriend with a boy who’s not your boyfriend, or a school kids on the duck, you need to consider who follows you that is NOT your friend, and how you feel about them knowing where you are, what you’re doing, and if you’re doing it alone.

“Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person,” said child safety group Childnet International, “It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time.”

We’ve just had a look at our Snap Map, and we can see lots of you, who we’ve never met and could potentially find out more if we wanted to.

Here’s how to turn of the weirdness. Please do it, just to keep us and your parents happy.

  • Choose your location setting: Consider using the Ghost Mode or selecting close friends, this will give you more control over who can see you. If you choose the Friends setting – Ensure you review your friends list. Do not share your location with people you do not know in real life.
  • Location-sharing services can give other users a clear picture of the places you regularly visit (home, school, etc.). Consider whether this is information you want to share with others.
  • If you choose to share a story using the ‘Our Story’ feature anyone can view that story regardless of what sharing setting you choose for Snap Map. Consider how much information you want people to see. See more here… webwise.ie/parents/talking-points-posting-sharing-online/

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