Snapchat is a photo, video, and instant messaging app. A key features of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients.
Current known uses in the sector
- Used predominantly with Newcomer Youth who use Snapchat with other youth, as a way to message with them, as well as share relevant content, information & orientation materials in creative, visual ways.
- Snapchat can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools as a tool to engage Newcomers who use Snapchat and prefer to message through the app.
Snapchat is free.
Ease of use & Accessibility
Easy to use.
Snapchat is a mobile app available on Android and iOS.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
Snapchat does not offer end-to-end encryption and therefore is not a completely secure method of communication. Staff should take every reasonable measure to ensure that clients are aware that they are not communicating through an entirely secure channel and to remind clients not to share personal information through these means.
According to Common Sense Media’s Privacy Evaluation for Snapchat, “they collect personal information such as name, username, password, email address, phone number, date of birth, and other information collected automatically when users visit the service. The terms say that Snapchat does not sell personal information to third parties, but the terms do state that Snapchat and third-party partners may place advertising on the services.”
You can download your Snapchat data.