Snapchat’s new feature, Snap Maps, has raised concerns over child safety, bullying and stalking.
Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It is now available for all iOS and Android users globally.However, police have expressed their concern as to how this could be used by online predators to target individual Snapchat users.
The feature allows you to focus in on a particular area, for example a sporting event or concert, and view all publically posted snaps from that immediate are. However, snaps from areas such as schools can also be viewed if shared publically.
The location of individuals also raises concerns. A spokesperson for the UK National Society for the Protection of Children said: “It’s worrying that Snapchat is allowing under 18s to broadcast their location on the app where it can potentially be accessed by everyone in their contact lists.”
A Snapchat representative told The Verge, “The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works.”
However, this is unlikely to soothe concerns from parents who will question the possible targeting of children with the new changes.