Think Before You Send with SnapChat


DECATUR- Snapchat is a popular app for the android or iphone. Take a photo, send it, and it disappears in a few seconds.

"I actually had a friend who asked me to get the app so we could send each other silly pictures" says

Tiffany Wilson, a junior at Mt. Zion. "I thought it was really funny, because there's actually an option to draw or send a text on there."

But just because the photo disappears it doesn't mean it's gone for good. All you have to do is take a screenshot and the photo is saved, which can be dangerous when minors send sexually explicit photos.

Rebekah Stanley works at Growing Strong and tries to stop teens from sexting.

"You're left with the fear, the guilt, the anger, the regret,"she says. She says says snapchat gives teens a false sense of security.

"All that it did was open a door for kids to make bad choices that can come back to haunt them," Stanley says.

If you read the snapchat policy, the founders write that they'll notify you if someone takes a screenshot but, encourages users to "think before you send."

"It's really unfortunate that a potentially adorable app could be twisted in such a way because people don't really think before they do these things," Wilson says.

So think twice before you hit send because once it's out of your hands, it's out of your control.

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