Why is Snapchat different?
At first looks you could be mistaken in thinking that this social network is similar to Facebook or Instagram – users can message each other and send photos but once clicked and opened, they disappear after just a few seconds. This function has proved to be a big hit with American kids. Did you know that that nearly a third of US teenagers have Snapchat installed on their cell phone?
Read more on is Snapchat safe for 12 year olds.
Parents often ask the question: “how do I monitor Snapchat?” as they are worried their child might be talking to people they don’t know or they are being involved with sharing inappropriate messages or photos with their online friends.
On one hand there is privacy to consider, but with more and more cases of cyber stalking, bullying and online grooming coming to light, the first priority is always the safety of kids and finding the best solution to properly deal with the dangers of Snapchat.
Why do teens like using Snapchat?
The developers of this app were very clever in designing a set of features that would appeal directly to kids and young adults, here are three reasons why this mobile software is loved by kids:
1. Privacy – Because there is a time lapse on shared photos teens don’t need to worry about hiding stuff on their phone from Mom and Dad. Every time the “Let me check your phone please” question pops up nothing can be found on the app.
On Facebook or Instagram you can simply search for photos or by following the child’s account. You have instant access to see where they have been and with who – kids don’t need to worry about covering their tracks but this can lead to a false sense of security; they can freely to talk to people they don’t know or send intimate pictures to strangers.
2. Conforming to Peer Pressure – Kids will feel detached and on the outside of their friendship group if they don’t communicate in the same was as their friends.
3. Fast and Easy to Use – Taking “snaps” and sharing them is a 5 second process. Kids can be hanging out with their friends, partying at a club or alone in their room and instantly share a camera photo.
And because this is a mobile only app the interface is simple to use and intuitive. Younger teens don’t get frustrated with unnecessary features and signing up is fast via email registration.
Why Snapchat should be monitored
The latest feature of Snapchat called Snap Map is a hot news topic. In fact, UK schools are advising parents that this location sharing add on is putting kids at risk. Imagine your child comes out of school turn on their phone and everyone on their friends list is alerted of their location?
Local paedophiles and stalkers could potentially know the exact whereabouts of your child. It’s currently the biggest reason why you should be tracking Snapchat but there is more…
Sexting and Cyberbullies: Are you 100% sure your teen is not sending their boyfriend or girlfriend pictures of themselves that are of a sexual nature? Imagine if these photos got leaked online or are in fact being sent to an online stalker that could encourage more explicit photos that could lead to arranging a real life meet up.
Young adults are particularly vulnerable to this kind of attention, stop this at source by installing a phone tracker on your child’s iPhone or Android cell phone.
How to track Snapchat?
So you have decided it’s time to install a Snapchat tracker but what is the best way? You could simply ban and delete this app but most parents would like a more measured approach.
At Hillstone we have 3 software solutions that are both powerful and run secretly in the background. Your child will never know they are being monitored – mSpy is currently the market leader for monitoring Snapchat on iPhones and Android phones such as Samsung, HTC, Sony, Google Pixel, Motorola and Huawei.
(Please note: If you would prefer to monitor a computer then Hillstone’s reviewed spy apps can also be installed on a Windows PC and track all activity including email like Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail as well as viewing Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsing history).
You can view all activity on the cell phone including texts, emails, web browsing and much more but let’s focus on mSpy’s Snapchat feature and see why this tool could work for your own situation.
How to recover Snapchats from a phone?
By installing our 5 star rated app you gain control of the target phone.
Snaps including photos, videos and drawings can all be viewed in your secure control panel along with a date stamp so you know exactly what was sent, to whom and at what date. The evidence is undeniable and all files can be downloaded so you can print out if you wish.
In order to use this premium feature on mSpy you must endure the following conditions are met:
- The phone is rooted and that Snapchat is installed.
- You have the premium plan which also includes the monitoring of Tinder, Telegram, Skype, Viber, Hangouts, iMessage, Facebook Messenger and LINE.
- You follow the precise installation instructions given to you by the technical team. The process is simple but must be done in the correct way.
Will they know I’m monitoring their Snapchat?
With these premium products you can be sure that everything is tracked silently and in the background. You access your data by logging in to your dashboard area inside your user account. After installation, you never need to touch their phone or tablet again.
Does this tracking work for other social networks?
Teenagers install new apps all the time and because they guard their phone with their lives it’s difficult to know what they get up to and what social networks they have accounts on. Our spy apps record all phone usage including Facebook and Instagram which are the most popular chat networks.