Snapchat

LQ: 8.1

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Brain grade: 8
Fun score: 8.2

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Snapchat allows users to take and send photos, videos, and messages (called “snaps”) to friends and family members. Users can add filters, text, or handwriting to images and videos they take before sending them off to their favorite Snapchat friends. Snaps sent are available for an amount of time allotted by the user, up to ten seconds, and once that time is up, the message disappears permanently. Users can tell when someone has viewed or taken a screenshot of one of their snaps, as well as receive messages from other Snapchat friends. As with any social media platform, we strongly recommend parents monitor their children’s use of Snapchat. Parents should regularly verify the identities of their children’s Snapchat friends, maintain an open conversation about the use of Snapchat and other “ghost” apps,  and limit use of the app to kids 12 and older.


How It Helps

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations, especially adapting to obstacles.

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The limited amount of tools provided to users helps them learn how to be creative and flexible when trying to communicate a desired idea. Using only images, short videos or brief amounts of text, users have to explore their options to create snaps that are fun, clear and concise. If they make a message too complex, or if the photo is out of focus or the message is unclear, friends might not be able to understand the joke, thought or intent behind the message.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Snapchat offers a fun way for kids to express themselves using a combination of brief videos, text and images. Kids get to interact with others by non-verbal means, using a variety of tools to communicate an idea, feeling or thought. When sending and receiving snaps, Self-Awareness helps kid understand what content is appropriate to share, how their messages will be perceived by others, and relate to snapshots from the lives of friends and family.

 

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