Make Snapchat easy for parents to monitor and more difficult to use as bullying platform.
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The image above is a screenshot from my daughters "story" on Snapchat that I found which is clearly a public outcry and plea to her friends for help because she was tired of being bullied on Snapchat and didn't know where else turn after she was endlessly harassed on Snapchat and told to "kill herself" by a group of students at her school (yes, this has been turned over to the school) for the way that she dresses and how she looks.
Because of the nature of the Snapchat application, how it instantly deletes the images/text/threats/bullying there is nothing I can do about it because I have no proof it was said other than my daughters words and some other conversations where the girls tell my daughter that "bullies come at you for a reason". While I'm sure my daughter isn't perfect and teen drama exists, bullying is not acceptable nor is trying to persuade another child to kill themselves.
I've recently taken to recording my daughters phone with my own for proof of any more offending and bullying snaps as we are both afraid to worsen the situation by screenshooting anything, but I can't be there every second of the day, and I shouldn't have to be.
I'm petitioning Snapchat to include parent monitoring if the user is under 18 years of age which allows a history of all snaps to be held for a period of time allowing the parent to monitor what is going out and coming in via the Snapchat platform OR to have a mirrored account set up on a parents device which holds the snaps in history so that they can be reviewed, saved, screen shot and shared without the sender being notified.
Everyday, thousands of children are bullied on this platform because of the nature of Snapchat's product, to take a picture, add text, send to a user or group of users, and then have the image/text self destruct (and/or notify the user if a screenshot is taken). This is opening a door for allowing teen cyber bullying to go off the rails and make it extremely difficult for parents to manage and see what is happening with their youngsters on social media. Unlike Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, the conversations delete immediately so there is no proof that someone is being bullied. And if the child takes a screenshot of the snap, a notification is sent to the offending party which gives them even more reason to bully and scare the child.
Snapchat and Bullying go hand in hand....
These technology companies should protect our children or at least put parental controls in place to allow parents to protect their children. Leaving the platform isn't the easiest decision either as the bullying then transfers outside the platform and continues because they aren't "cool" although that seems to be the only option.
There is article after article of this happening:
Snapchat - I believe that you have a corporation of loving, caring parents who just want to make the world a better place. You can't continue to discount story after story that is out there about teens being bullied to the point of wanting to KILL THEMSELVES because of other teens abusing your platforms. You are parents yourselves. As parents, we want to give our children the freedoms they need to learn to grow and become wise adults, but at the same time protect them. But we can't do it alone. We need tools, especially in this technological day and age, to be able to do that. We aren't asking that you change the app for adults, just help give parents a way to be the watchful eye that we should and can be on your platform to make it a safe place for our children.
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