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Parents anxious of Snapchat’s newest ‘Snap Map’ feature

“Some kids won’t know how to use the ghost mode and then they might share it out of nowhere, and not even know that you’re sharing your location with everybody”, parent Syron Carter said.Snapchat announced the new Snap Map feature earlier this week, and while some people were excited, others were not so pleased with the idea.A Devon primary school has written to parents to warn them over a new Snapchat update that allows people to stalk their friends.There are safety features like “Ghost Mode”.While the new feature may make it easier than ever to find and communicate with friends and check in on what people are up to around the world, some internet safety experts worry it may be another headache for parents.Magid said as with all social media, parents should get involved and ask their kids to explain the app to them and better educate themselves on how it is used.Francis said there are a number of positives with the new feature.”If friends are sharing their location with you, their Actionmoji will appear on the map”.Noticing that the new feature could be used for stalking, Police authorities in United Kingdom have warned parent’s to turn off “Snap Map” on their children’s phone.She said it all comes down to checking in and monitoring what your kids are doing. But according to the Verge, locations update whenever the app is opened, meaning friends can track users’ whereabouts more often than they may realize.Snapchat have insisted, however, that safety of communities are important to them and assure only your friends on Snapchat can see you location. “It’s also not possible to share your location with someone who isn’t already your friend on Snapchat”.