You might want to check your kids Snapchat settings… now.

Snap Chat have revealed and launched Snap Map this week , a new update that allows users to see where their friends are and what they’re doing on a global map.
Sounds like fun …. The Snap Chat HQ team thought…. maybe not said every parent ever!?

Lots of people have expressed safety concerns about Snap Map — particularly the features ability to pinpoint a users exact location, down to the street address. The map may help us stay connected, but it could also be a vehicle for stalking and other spooky behaviour at school, friends houses, your house and the list goes on. Having that information public could really be dangerous, especially for people who have a lot of followers that they don’t know personally.

So if your kids are on Snapchat might be an idea to turn off Snap Map or put the new feature in Ghost Mode.

If you’ve downloaded the update and you don’t want people to be able to see your location on Snap Map, set your app to “Ghost Mode.” The first time you open Snap Map, you’ll be able to choose your location sharing preferences (“Friends,” “Select Friends,” or “Ghost Mode”). If you’ve already got Snap Map going, you can swap over to Ghost Mode whenever you’d like. Here’s how:

  1. Open Snapchat and pinch the camera screen. Snap Map should open up.
  2. Tap on the settings icon (the gear icon) in the upper right corner.
  3. Select “Ghost Mode.”

You’ll still be able to see your friends’ locations, but yours will remain hidden.