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Snapchat & Musical.ly apps - advice for parents

Information and advice for parents on safe use of social media including snapchat, musical.ly, and raising awareness of Netaware.

Snapchat has just launched a new feature called the Snap Map which allows you to see where your contacts are on a map.

Through the Snap Map, users can broadcast their exact location to everyone in their contact list. Depending on who is on that contact list, this can pose safety issues for children and young people.

If you don't want your location shared, make sure this feature is turned off. Simply go to the snap map feature in the app. There are three settings to choose from, click "ghost mode" which will make your location only visible to you.

'Ghost mode' allows users to hide their location but this is not on by default.

To switch on Ghost mode

  1. Pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map.
  2. When you do it for the first time, it should ask you if you want to activate "ghost mode."
  3. If it doesn't, tap the icon in the top right corner, where you will be able to check a box to enable "ghost mode."

Click here to view Snap map news and find out how to set to ghost mode which hides location of the user.

Click here for Snapchat a guide for parents.


Musical.ly allows you to create, share and discover short videos. You can share videos with friends or with other Musical.ly users.

Click here for Musical.ly guide for parents


NetAware is our simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games that children use.

You can easily find age ratings, parent and child reviews and how likely it is that a child could find inappropriate content.

Download the NetAware app today, so you'll always have help keeping children safe online wherever you go

Click here NetAware guide 

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