SOMEONE IS WATCHING YOU.
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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• Gainesville, Florida
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
• Riga, Latvia
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.
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.
@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.
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.
• Waltham, Massachusetts
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.
• United States
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.
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. :-)
• United States
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.
• Petropolis, Brazil
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!