I’m going to explain what Snapchat is, what age is appropriate to have it, my opinion on Snapchat and lastly how often you should use it.
What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a social networking app or social media app where you can communicate and exchange photos or videos. Photos and videos are taken which are called 'snaps' and Snapchat provides 'filters' which are add-ons to your face to change how you look, for better or worse.
What age can you be to have Snapchat?
The minimum age required is 13, which I think is a pretty reasonable age, as when you're 13 you have a better understanding of social media: you understand how it works, the safeguarding rules, what you should do on social media, and what you shouldn’t do. If you are not 13 and you would like to download Snapchat, there is another version of Snapchat but for younger years called 'SnapKidz'. This software is mainly for taking pictures and drawing photos, while Snapchat's main purpose is to send messages. SnapKidz does not have this feature as it is for younger children that are only just being introduced to social media. Even if you are over 13 you can use SnapKidz, but it’s mainly used for younger years.
My opinion on Snapchat:
Snapchat has up and downsides, and people frequently use Snapchat as an example of how social media can be a bad influence on young people. Adults put social media in a perspective that we shouldn’t be on it and as if it is a bad place to be, which I think isn't the case as Snapchat can help us build better friendships, make new friends, talk to friends, and post pictures and videos which your friends can then comment on.
That said, there’s also another side of Snapchat where people can end up bullying you and hurting your feelings. The slightest things people can say can end up affecting you, as when it comes to social media people end up adding to the subject and end up making it a big deal out of a minor comment. This side of Snapchat is the side that I choose to stay away from, as it can end up hurting your feelings mentally and emotionally, which can result in mental health issues. Whenever and whatever you post on social media, a lot of people can see it, which means more people talk about it. Overall, I feel that Snapchat is a good social networking app which more people should use.
How often do I use Snapchat?
I use Snapchat throughout most of the day as that’s my only means to communicate with friends, but now I believe that I should be spending my time on other things like family, instead of being on social media 24/7 and shutting out the people that are the most important to me. I’m too ‘hooked’ on social media. I think being on social media is a good thing, but you shouldn’t be on it all the time.