Snap Map – SnapChat’s new feature

This week the popular SnapChat app added a new feature called “Snap Map”.

Summary : SnapChat’s terms and conditions state that you have to be 13 to use their service. No child of primary school age should use the app and service. However, with this in mind many children do use the service and should set their Snap Map mode to “Ghost Mode”

Snap Map is a location map which allows users to see where in the world their contacts are as well as seeing photos and videos based on the location they were taken. It shows the user’s SnapChat avatar pinpointed on a map. Users can then zoom into the map to see exact locations.

Accessing Snap Maps

Snap Maps is in the latest version of the SnapChat app. From the camera screen within SnapChat users need to zoom out using a two finger motion. This will launch the Snap Maps to allow people to see the locations marked.

Who can see your location

It is very important that users of SnapChat protect who they share their location with, as it can profile a users locations such as their home, and school. We recommend that users do not share their location, especially with people they do not know personally.

There are three settings for your location; Ghost Mode, My Friends and Select Friends.

  • Ghost Mode
    This modes means you’re the only person who can see your location on your map. Within this mode, you can still see the locations of friends but they won’t be able to see you.
  • My Friends
    All of your contacts on Snapchat can see your location. In this mode, users should make sure that they only ever add people they know on their Snapchat
  • Select Friends
    This mode allows you to decide which friends get to see their location data. This setting gives users granular control.

How to change the setting

When you first open the Snap Map users will be asked to decide who they want to be able to view their location. Once these settings are cofnirmed, they can be changed in SnapChat’s settings, which can be done in two ways.

  1. In the Snapchat screen tap on the cog icon. Then tap on “see my location” and choose the setting which suits
  2. On the Snap Map, tap the cog in the top right of the map, and choose which setting suits you.

As always we recommend that no child of primary school age should be using Snapchat. The terms and conditions of Snapchat state that the minimum age to use the service is 13.

For more information on Snap Maps please visit the Snapchat support site


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