SOMEONE IS WATCHING YOU.

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@Kandae11 (40402)
July 8, 2017 11:14am CST
How many Mylotters here use the Snapchat App , or have kids who do? My niece sent me a whatsapp video in which a concerned mother and daughter were being interviewed about the pros and cons of the latest Snapchat feature - the Map App. This feature, it seems, allows you to 'stalk' your friends if you so desire . Imagine going about your business - whether, shopping , jogging, gardening, traveling - and your every move is being watched. I hear, this app is already causing problems with boyfriend/ girlfriend relationships - now suppose parents decide to use it and track their kids whenever they leave the house.? The way technology is advancing these days, soon everyone's life will be an open book. What are your thoughts? Would you want your child to have that App on his or her phone, and would you as a parent think of making use of it to keep abreast of the whereabouts of your kids?
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• United States
8 Jul 17
Well I have no small kids and I sure wouldn't want to track anyone that I know of.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
Some wives and husbands would love to track their spouses.
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• United States
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 Yes the would.
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• Philippines
11 Jul 17
I would not track my partner either.
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• United States
8 Jul 17
Same with instagram , don't put your location up. Or checking into places it'll let stalkers know where you're at
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
I see. One has to be very careful with whom one's information is shared.
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@andriaperry (56677)
• United States
8 Jul 17
I got into the habit of not talking about anything till after I was there or did it.
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• United States
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 Yes, I don't check into places or if I do mention I am somewhere it is AFTER I am there. Not currently there. There are just way too many stalkers.
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@moffittjc (44703)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Jul 17
Both of my kids, and myself, along with the grandparents, use Snapchat. We've all opted out of the new map tracking feature. Luckily, Snapchat is giving users the option to opt out. Besides, I can already stalk my kids through the Find Friends app on my iPhone! lol
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
Okay. You have everything covered.
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@moffittjc (44703)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 I'm sure the government is still spying on my through my phone's camera! lol
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
@moffittjc You never know.
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@RasmaSandra (19168)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
8 Jul 17
No kids around here but I think that is an app that kids should not have and parents should not track their kids everywhere. However I would say if parents can track kids then it might not be a bad idea for grade school kids because they can get into all kinds of trouble. Also it might make parents feel safer to see them come and go to school. Bad for teenagers and older kids I mean who would want their parents to know what they are doing on a date so to say.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
Parents survived years ago when not even cellphones were around to make contact with their kids. There is good and bad in most things.
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@RasmaSandra (19168)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 but the world has become a much more dangerous place.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
@RasmaSandra Yes, it has.
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@sabtraversa (13333)
• Italy
8 Jul 17
The GPS can be deactivated, I'm not sure about iPhones, but I always kept my GPS disabled on my previous Samsung. It takes some knowledge to know apps can detect your positions, most of them ask if they can track your position, some apps won't allow you to use them if you don't allow them to do so. Snapchat is the app with the cool selfie filters, I uninstalled it a while ago, but I should probably get it back. These scandals make the apps more famous as everyone talks about them.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
So, is it really possible to track a boyfriend's whereabouts with it?
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@sabtraversa (13333)
• Italy
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 I don't know how this feature exactly works, I haven't tried it yet. I expected it to work whenever you post something, you'd show your location, like it happens elsewhere. There are specific apps for tracking people while walking, such as MapMyWalk, but those should be downloaded and installed with consent.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
@sabtraversa I don't know if I can get the link here, I'll try.
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@silvermist (20085)
• India
8 Jul 17
I had not heard about this .Anyway,I do not believe in spying on the kids.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
I won't condone that either.
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@garymarsh6 (14417)
• United Kingdom
9 Jul 17
I do have whattsap which is handy to speak to my daughter when she is flying around Europe but otherwise i do not use it for anything else. I do not think I would use snapchat.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
WhatsApp is quite enough for me, and I try to be aware of all of its features. Like I called a friend in another country by whatsapp and she wasn't aware the camera was on. She was still in bed and was a bit worried that I might have seen her in disarray.
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@garymarsh6 (14417)
• United Kingdom
9 Jul 17
@Kandae11 You did not want to give yourself nightmares! Be careful!
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@Freelanzer (9496)
• Canada
9 Jul 17
Thankfully I don't have to make those decisions as my kids are all grown up. I know nothing about snapchat anyway,
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
Thankfully , my son is too.
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
8 Jul 17
i agree, social networking sites/apps are like "keys"
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
A good description.
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 then complain why everyone knew them
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
@Lucky15 Exactly.
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@jobelbojel (7566)
• Philippines
11 Jul 17
I think parents can use this app to track their kids. But using it for the purpose of stalking, might be causing problem, then people should stop using it properly. Sigh. Technology has advanced so fast.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
11 Jul 17
It can be used for good, and bad.
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• Philippines
11 Jul 17
@Kandae11 I mean to stop using it the wrong way. I said on my previous comment - was to stoo using it properly. I was wrong.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
11 Jul 17
@jobelbojel I understood what you meant.
@Tracy04 (10821)
• Malaysia
10 Jul 17
So let's say A is stalking B with snapchat app and map app, will B know he or she been stalked?
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@Kandae11 (40402)
10 Jul 17
No, but she would be okay if her app is in "ghost mode"
@Tracy04 (10821)
• Malaysia
11 Jul 17
@Kandae11 But if we didn't have this apps we won't get stalked right? And how far this app works, like country to country far or how.
• Waltham, Massachusetts
10 Jul 17
I think that it is a mixed blessing like so much in this life. I like the idea of knowing where my son is especially since I do not live with him and even if I did but the idea of someone keeping track of me is extremely creepy. I want my son to be safe and since he is special needs he cannot venture too far from home but I have no desire to be stalked. If that got into the wrong hands the results could be disastrous and too scary to contemplate. It is useful for parents to watch their kids but otherwise it is too invasive.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
11 Jul 17
As you say - a mixed blessing. Unfortunately too many people take advantage of a good thing and make it the worst.
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• Waltham, Massachusetts
11 Jul 17
@Kandae11 That is true.
@bluesa (14412)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Jul 17
If you live in a dangerous area and the child is young, this could provide peace of mind, but otherwise no @Kandae11 I wouldn't want this App on my phone. And I would not appreciate someone using it on me.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
It can be used for good and bad.
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@bluesa (14412)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Jul 17
@Kandae11 , yes, like anything inanimate it is the person using it that will decide if it is used for good or bad.
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@SIMPLYD (81659)
• Philippines
9 Jul 17
Really there's such an app. So, how can one avoid being watched through that app?
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
The other person would have the same app. - and there are things you can do to avoid it. However one cannot really relax with that app - anything can easily go wrong
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@SIMPLYD (81659)
• Philippines
10 Jul 17
@Kandae11 Oh, I see. I agree with you.
@MoonMaa (403)
• United States
9 Jul 17
I don't use snapchat. I don't have kids yet but I do have nieces and nephews. I think kids that have phones should be supervised and everything should not be available to them. I don't think tracking kids is such a bad idea given how the world is now these days. You really need to know the whereabouts of your children.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
It could be a useful tool in dangerous times.
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@MoonMaa (403)
• United States
10 Jul 17
@Kandae11 Yes, most definitely.
@RubyHawk (28473)
• Atlanta, Georgia
9 Jul 17
Absolutely not. That's horrible for everyone to know where you are at all times. That's stalking and should be against the law.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
From what I am hearing it would seem that near similar features have been around for a while.
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@RubyHawk (28473)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul 17
@Kandae11 Could be. I wouldn't like it. I wouldn't think it anyone's business to know where I am every minute.
• Australia
9 Jul 17
I don't have a SnapChat nor any of those trolling apps. Can't be bothered stresssing myself about who and where everyone is. I have a large family to concern myself about. I text my teens about where they are all the time: "Tell me where you are so if something happens and if a police asks me about you, I have an answer." They're good boys. :-)
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
Yes, I too would trust my son to do the right thing.
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• Australia
9 Jul 17
@allknowing (68896)
• India
8 Jul 17
Where is trust if parents have to depend on this contraption
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@Kandae11 (40402)
9 Jul 17
I agree, but that ' contraption' could help in times of trouble.
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@allknowing (68896)
• India
9 Jul 17
@Kandae11 It will be fully misused.
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• United States
8 Jul 17
I use a different app, find friends and as long as it is turned on I can see where my kids are. It was there suggestion I put it on my phone, they can see me too. We all lived so far from one another it was a good thing. We have used it for six or seven years now without any issues. We all know our whereabouts are public but none of us go anywhere out of the ordinary. I put it on when my sister took a trip with a man she had only known for 4 months. They did not have firm plans, they were camping in remote areas and I insisted. I kept my eye on her for that 5 week trip and all was well. But if it hadn't been, I had a reasonable idea of where to start looking. That being said, kids will not use it for good and I don't like the snapchat app. It comes as part of the package and often kids don't know it's on. I think it's dangerous and I would not like it at all. But you can turn it off if you are aware of it. As far as I know none of my grandchildren use it. But I'm not sure if it protects them by not having it. I only recently heard about this.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
8 Jul 17
I think it is a good thing to help trace your family members if something goes wrong. In my region , children and teenagers go missing very often - and most of them are never found.
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• United States
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 Since it comes with the program, I think a lot of kids won't realize it's on there. But to track your kids and especially missing ones, I'm sure the police are probably on board with the program. It's a big help.
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@manandezo (664)
• Petropolis, Brazil
8 Jul 17
Hello @Kandae11, when it comes to technology, I keep telling myself: "why is that for?" Sometimes I do understand why things are created, other times I keep wondering to where some devices and softwares will lead us all. I really haven't heard yet about this "stalking" app, but I will browse and read about it, because I have three little nieces and we all need to be careful about these new things. Not to be watching over them, but to see whom they will be watching over with it. Thank you for the topic. It is informative and we must care about everyone!
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• Petropolis, Brazil
8 Jul 17
@Kandae11 Thank you!