Parents worry app lets kids swap inappropriate pictures
BATON ROUGE - There's a smartphone app giving kids the opportunity to share inappropriate photos and some parents are clueless.
It's called Snapchat. It promotes itself as a fun-private way to exchange pictures.
The photos swapped among friends only appear on the screen for a few seconds. An ideal place for someone to send a picture they wouldn't want everyone to see.
"I just find it hard to believe those things are erased forever," father of a teenage boy and girl, Monte Lacour, said.
And Lacour's right. Just because the photos go away doesn't mean it's gone forever.
Snapchat's potential to cause lasting harm alarmed Lacour.
"There's no adult consent there's no credit card that you've got to put down to download something. They just go download this stuff and stay my parents will never find out," he said.
Websites have popped up on the internet displaying risque snapchat photos that were screenshot or recovered. That leaves users who sent them hung out to dry and their photos displayed for everyone.
"Kids find it fascinating," social media expert Whitney Breaux said.
She's seen the app become popular with kids. But she's also seen what snapchat can sometimes lead to.
"If I send him this picture he can't share it with his friends and it's only for his eyes only and it's deleted forever. I think that makes you feel like there is a secure environment and the information can only be seen by that other person but as we've seen with the snapchat situation. That's simply not the case," she said.