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Snapchat's new 'Snap Map' has police anxious

Cliona Curley programme director at CyberSafeIreland said children should be encouraged not to share their location with strangers Cliona Curley programme director at CyberSafeIreland said children should be encouraged not to share their location with strangers
Sherri Watson | 28 June, 2017, 03:00

Security experts said parents should stay up to date about the apps sharing their children's location and make sure children limit their audience or shut them off altogether.

"That makes me very, very nervous as a parent", Samantha Spitz said. If you click the top right icon, Snapchat will ask if you want to share your location with all of your friends or just a few friends.

A recent update to the popular social media app, Snapchat, has people anxious about their privacy and safety - police are warning people to use the feature with caution.

When you first open up the Snap Map, go to the "camera" screen and pinch the screen to zoom out with two fingers. Police say this could be unsafe because you don't always know who your kids are "friends" with online. Your Bitmoji will pop up showing your exact location-down to the street.

In theory, it's a cool new feature, but it can also be a safety concern.

Snapchat's new 'Snap Map' has police anxious

Freaked out yet? Don't worry- you can turn the feature of completely.

Th most current update includes a new feature called the "Snap Map".

Detective Superintendent Ian McGrail says users should always be mindful of who youngsters are sharing their location with, as it can easily allow anyone to understand where you live, work, attend school or otherwise spend your time. If your child uses the app, police said its good to check who is on their friends list and their settings.

No matter what setting you choose, you can view your friends' locations through their Actionmoji as long as they have set up the feature and did not select "Ghost Mode". This doesn't prevent Snapchat from tracking your location at all times, but it does prevent the app from broadcasting where you are.

In addition, the company provided WDRB News with some resources to pass along to concerned parents including a Parents Guide and a link to the Safety Center.