Snapchat has recently made it easier for users to report content. A new safety feature on the app allows users to report within Snapchat Stories as it is being viewed.

How does Snapchat work?

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.

Within Snapchat there is a story feature where you can put your ‘Snaps’ on your ‘Story’. Your contacts are able to view this for 24 hours before it is deleted from your account.

SWGfL have created this helpful Snapchat guide and checklist if you would like to find out more.

Reporting Snapchat Stories

If you see something within a Snapchat story that you feel needs reporting you can now do so.

While watching their story:

  • Press and hold on screen as the Snap is showing
  • Press the flag in the bottom left hand corner
  • Click on the option that best describes the content you are trying to report.

Reporting on Snapchat is a great first step, but if you feel the Snap shows that a crime has been committed you should contact your local police.

What kind of content breaks community guidelines?

Some of the things that are against Snapchat’s community guidelines include:

  • Snaps that are invasions of privacy, e.g. if someone  has taken a Snap of you without your permission.
  • Threatening messages or content
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Impersonation
  • Hate speech
  • Nudity

You can find a full list of Snapchat’s community guidelines can here.

For more information about the other latest Snapchat features visit Childnet’s blog.

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