Snapchat's newest feature could place loved ones in danger, Concord police says
CONCORD — The latest Snapchat feature could place you in harm's way, the Concord Police Department warns.
The popular social media app now allows users to find their friends using the Snap Map feature. By zooming out while on the camera screen, a map pops up showing the location of yourself and all your friends.
Lt. Sean Ford of the Concord Police Department urges parents to talk to their children about the dangers associated with giving out personal information, such as a location, through social media.
"Don't think because you live in rural New Hampshire nothing can happen," Ford said.
He added that kids are exposed to the world with their phones, which can put them in contact with people who have bad intentions.
Parents or guardians should be hypersensitive of their children giving out their locations and the type of people who will use this information to exploit or harm their kids, Ford said.
Other police officers across the U.S. have also expressed their concerns with this new feature.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's website offers internet safety resources, including a link to a parent's guide for protecting children online and a family Internet safety contract.
The first point on the contract says that children should refrain from giving out information, including their location, online.
When setting up the map feature on Snapchat, people can choose to share their location with only themselves in "Ghost Mode," with their friends or users can select certain friends to share their location with.
No matter what setting you choose, you can view your friends' locations through their Actionmoji as long as they have set up the feature and did not select "Ghost Mode." The feature also allows you to search for your friends on the map. The location updates while you have Snapchat open.
Those looking to change who can see their location after installing Snap Map can go to the settings button located on the top, right-hand corner of the map.