Dangers of snapchat, mspy is HORRIBLE (read inside), any suggestions on monitoring
Sorry for the three topics in one subject heading, but Im frustrated and needed a place to chat and vent.
Like many households, my wife and I made the decision to allow our children to have smart phones. Again like many households, it started innocently enough with our first child in middle school with lots of oversight, rules and monitoring. However, as time moved on and the perception of responsibility and maturity took over, we paid less and less attention to our oldest as our younger 2 boys required more time.
Enter snapchat. We really had no clue just how devious this app was. I understood the basics behind it. Chat, send pics and vids, and everything is deleted. I wasnt super worried about the social aspects of this for my kid as he is smart, does good in school, has lots of extracurriculars, and all in all is pretty well rounded. To be honest, I was no angel at 16 and I do realize that kids grow up...16 years old and this is how the teenagers communicate, whats the worse that can happen...Boobs and d1ck pics? My wife and I have always tried to be open, honest, and informative when it comes to discussing sexual relationships but in the end it is up to them to make and be accountable for their decisions. All that being said...there was 1 thing I overlooked....the DRUGS!!!
I had no idea...and not to spoil the ending here...but I think we caught this in time. Anyway....if you arent aware, here is how it works.....There are literally drug dealers on snapchat...and lots of them. One small aspect of snap chat are snap maps. it makes it real easy to see where any of your friends are. you simply go to the map and it shows you were everyone is. Another aspect is your snap chat story...its just like facebook or instagram feed where you just post stuff and everyone that you want to see it will see it.
Taking these things into consideration, these guys/girls constantly update their stories with a mixture of cars, bling, cash, guns, girls and then all the drugs that they currently have with them and how much it all costs. as a kid, all you have to do is snap a dealer "soccer practice ends in 10 mins, this is where I am, my moms gonna be 20 mins late, Ill take zannies, lean, cookies and cream and some shatter" its that easy and your kid just bought xanax, codeine, marijuana and another form of smokable THC. They can get vape, dabs, pills, pot, guns, whatever anyone is selling. Doesnt matter where you live, how nice it is or how many gates there are. There are people in your community selling drugs and they can and will get to your kids on snapchat. Any moment your child is not within your sites, they can be buying drugs...its that easy. You can go 500 miles away on vacation and your child can link up with a drug dealer before the plane lands or you park the car. Thats just the reality of whats going on
Im my kids case, on his phone he was following like 15 of these guys. Did he buy and use...yup! Did I catch him..yup! Is he now drug tested minimum once a week...yup! I digress a bit from this to bring up mspy
i tried mspy for like 2 hours and realized it ain't the answer. there is nothing out there that can monitor snapchat...i mean nothing. even rooting an iPhone and adding mspy doesn't work...or work well....and on a side note, mspy...once they get your money, good luck getting a refund, they will do anything other than give you your money back. As I said, I bought it, tried it for less than 24 hours and then realized it wasn't the answer.
Im going to end this WOT with a request for any diligent parents to post their monitoring solutions. Also, I appreciate all comments but if you're gonna tell me to not allow snapchat, dont bother...its the only way the kids are communicating unfortunately. removing it puts them on a socially void island....believe me, I watched it for 2 months while he was grounded from his phone and its hard to witness them being cut out of their social group
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