Snapchat privacy settings

Controls & Settings guide

Snapchat features a number of functions to help your child manage who can see their content and how they interact with others. They can also use the reporting function to flag content that breaks community guidelines and upsets them.

What do I need?

A Snapchat account (username and password)

Restrictions you can apply

icon Chatting
icon Inappropriate content
icon Location sharing
icon Privacy and identity theft
icon Sharing Data
icon Sharing location
icon Social networking

Step by Step instructions

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Notifications

You can choose to enable or disable receiving notifications such as Stories from friends, Mentions, Reminders.

Open Snapchat, tap the circle or your icon in the top-left hand corner of the screen. Next, tap the Settings icon located in the top-right hand corner.

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Tap ‘Notifications’ then ‘Enable Notifications’ (if already disabled) and then swipe on the toggle for whichever feature you want to enable or disable.

Disabling notifications may be good for your teen so they don’t get too overwhelmed with lots receiving lots of notifications.

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Choose who can contact you
Open Snapchat, tap the circle or your icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Next, tap the Settings icon located in the top-right hand corner.

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Scroll down to ‘Who Can’, then tap Contact Me, then choose either ‘Everyone’ or ‘My Friends’ option.

When choosing this option you are allowing users to contact you directly via Snaps, Chats, calls, etc.

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Choose who can send you notifications

Open Snapchat, tap the circle or your icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Next, tap the Settings icon located in the top-right hand corner.

Next, tap ‘Send Me Notifications’ then choose whichever option you prefer.

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Choose who can view your story

Open Snapchat, tap the circle or your icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Next, tap the Settings icon located in the top-right hand corner.

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Next, tap ‘View My Story’ then choose whichever option you prefer.

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Location sharing
It’s recommended your teen doesn’t share their location. To disable location sharing:

Open Snapchat, tap the circle or your icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Next, tap the Settings icon located in the top-right hand corner.

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‘Ghost Mode’ – when this is enabled, your friends can’t see your location. Tap the toggle feature until it turns blue.

If disabled (grey), you can choose from three other options – ‘My Friends, ‘My Friends, Except’ and ‘Only These Friends’.


Location Requests
We also recommend to disable the ‘Allow friends to request my location’.

Your location updates when you have Snapchat open.

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How to report someone
Open Snapchat, tap ‘Chat’ in the bottom left-hand corner.

Choose who you want to report by tapping and holding down on their name. Tap ‘More’.

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Next,tap ‘Report’, then select the reason you want to report them and follow the prompts.

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How to report something else

You report a Story, abuse, Lenses, a safety concern or an infringement.

Open Snapchat, tap the circle or your icon in the top left-hand corner. Next, tap the Settings icon located in the top-right hand corner.

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Scroll down toSupport tap ‘I Need Help’, tap ‘Safety’ then choose what you want to report. Follow the instructions shown on your screen.

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How to block someone

There are two ways to block someone:
1- block from your chat history or 2 – block someone from your friends list.

To block someone from your chat history:
Open Snapchat, tap ‘Chat’ in the bottom left-hand corner. Choose who you want to block by tapping and holding down on their name. Tap ‘More’.

Next, tap ‘Block’, confirm you want to Block by tapping ‘Block’ again.

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To block someone from your friends list.

Tap your icon in the top-left hand corner, then tap ‘My friends’. Then, tap and hold their name until the ‘Block’ option pops up. Tap ‘Block’.

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