What is Snapchat’s minimum age?
The minimum age to use Snapchat is 13 years old.
Does Snapchat have any privacy or safety features?
Snapchat introduced a Safety Advisory Board who ‘educate, challenge, raise issues, and advise Snapchatters on how to keep the Snapchat community safe’.
Apart from the usual reporting, blocking, and disabling location features, Snapchat also has introduced the following:
- Here For You – a mental health feature that provides proactive in-app support to Snapchatters who may be experiencing mental health or emotional crisis, or who may be curious to learn more about these issues and how they can help friends dealing with them
- Safety Snapshot – a digital literacy program by Snapchat aimed at educating Snapchatters about data, privacy, security, and online safety issues
- Updated privacy for under 18s – There are no browsable public profiles for Snapchatters under 18
- Default chat functions – By default, you cannot Chat or contact someone directly unless you have both added each other as friends
Take a look at our Snapchat privacy parental controls for info on how to enable certain settings.
Snapchat’s gaming feature ‘Snap Games’ has various competitive and non-competitive games to play with friends. It also has a voice and chats feature where you can either text or through live audio. Users can also receive in-game rewards, like coins or items by watching an ad, however, Snapchat has stated ‘video rewards may not be available for all Snapchatters’ – but not specify what criteria you would have to meet.
Snap Games can be accessed from the Snapchat app.
Latest Snapchat updates
As of Feb 2021
Bitmoji Wheelchair Representation for Inclusivity Project
Snapchat’s emojis called Bitmoji’s, have introduced a selection of accessible Bitmoji for Snapchatters to use from, such as a wheelchair Bitmoji.
Friend Check Up
As part of Safer Internet Day (9th Feb 2021), Snapchat introduced the Friend Check Up feature. This feature will prompt Snapchatters to review their Friend lists and make sure it’s made up of people they still want to be connected to. Friend Check Up is available for Android devices, and will be available for iOS devices in the coming months.