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Kissimmee Police Warn Parents About New Snapchat Feature Snap Maps

Post Date:06/26/2017 3:42 PM
Kissimmee police are warning parents about the new Snapchat feature Snap Maps.

The Snap Map feature displays a map of nearby friends, showing their latest location using the phone’s GPS sensor. Users of the app can also search for locations such as a school, with the app displaying public photos and videos sent by students. While this app is designed to help friends meet up, it can be a concern for the younger users who may not know everyone on their friends list.  It is suggested to place the setting on “ghost mode” which does not share their location with anyone. 

“It is important to be careful about who you share your location with,” said Chief Jeff O’Dell, “It can allow people to learn your travel patterns such as where you live, go to school and how you spend your time.  It can also let a potential burglar know when you are not home.”

To place the app in “ghost mode”, open your Snapchat and pinch the screen when you’re on the Snapchat camera.  Then turn the ghost mode on.
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