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Ottawa Police Warn Teens About the Potential Dangers of Snapchat

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Do your children use Snapchat? The picture messaging service allows users to send images to friends but have them self delete within 10 seconds or less and just this week had its 150 millionth photo sent.

There are some caveats with the app though. Snapchat informs you if friends have taken a screenshot of your image, which essentially means risky images aren’t actually deleted and can be spread online.

This warning is exactly what Ottawa police are now saying about Snapchat, as they are warning teenagers about the app, reports the CBC. 

But Ottawa police Const. Caroline Gallant said teenagers should be careful because copies can be made. She said others could take a photo or screen capture of an image or message, which would enable it to last forever online.

“Nothing ever gets deleted. As soon as you create a digital image, it’s there forever,” said Gallant.

Gallant says saved images could be altered and used for cyber-bullying; she wants parents to talk with their kids about Snapchat and its potential to harm others if used in “a destructive way.”

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  • Guest

    wouldn’t this be an issue with just the native photo app as well? sheesh, sometimes I think they are just looking for stuff to keep them selves in the media

  • Don’t see how this is an issue. you have to add friends to this, its not like you are purposely going to add bullies to your list. And if you do send pics to d-bags then its your own fault. Good thing it does tell you if they take a screen shot

  • Rose

    It’s stupid how they just warn girls -_-

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