Snapchat’s New Safety Resources Launch in The UK

19 Feb 2021 Andy Robinson

In the run up to Safer Internet Day, Snapchat launched new resources looking at safety within the app. Find out about these two new resources in this blog.

Safety Snapshot

For Safer Internet Day, Snapchat launched a new Discover channel, Safety Snapshot, looking at online safety for Snapchatters.

This series of short videos contains twelve episodes which will be released over the coming months . These episodes  focus on topics like keeping your account safe, debunking myths, protecting your data, reporting illegal activity or bullying on Snapchat, and more.

When the pandemic first hit, there was a 40% increase in reports related to hacked accounts. With that in mind, the first episode includes a swipe-up call-to-action to encourage Snapchatters to verify their email to help keep accounts more protected.

Introducing Snapchat’s Parent Guide

At its core Snapchat is a messaging app that allows users to share content, such as photos, texts and videos, i.e. ‘Snaps’. Snaps only appear for a matter of seconds before disappearing from users’ screens. When looking at safety in the app, Snap encourage parents and carers to have regular conversations with their children about the appropriate use of Snapchat. Snap have now put together a new guide for parents to help them start a conversation about safety on the app.

Snapchat’s new 25 page, fully localized, Parent Guide is available through their Safety Center and Support Site. The link is dynamic — meaning it will provide the viewer with their localized version, based on their IP address. Snap’s Platform Integrity team worked with their Safety Advisory Board to create this resource and recently presented it at the FOSI conference .

Looking for Support?

For Safer Internet Day, Snapchat shared these resources far and wide to make sure it gets into the hands of parents, educators and Snapchatters themselves

If you’d like to find out more about the safety and reporting features on Snapchat, take a look at SWGfL’s  Snapchat Checklist which answers FAQ’s around reporting and control.

If something’s happened to you or someone you are supporting on Snapchat, our helplines can support. Take a look at the helplines flowchart to work out which service is the best to offer support.

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