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Minimum age according to Snapchat
13+ Minimum age according to Snapchat

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a messaging app that lets you send images, videos or instant text messages to friends. These images, videos and messages are only available for a short period of time once they are opened. You can also use filters on your images and upload photo and video stories that last for 24 hours before they disappear. Businesses and organisations can create their own channels. Content posted to Snapchat is not as temporary as it may appear, as users can save chats or screenshot them without the sender knowing. Adult content can also be accessed in the app. 

In August 2022, Snapchat introduced an in-app tool called Family Center, which will provide parents and carers with an insight into who their teens (13-17) are interacting with on Snapchat. Parents will not be able to access the content of their children's interactions, but they will be able to report any accounts of concern. Snapchat has created a video for parents and carers to find out more about how to sign up and use Family Center. 


Apps: Android app, Apple iOS

How do people use Snapchat?

Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use image sharing and chat services like Snapchat.

Snapchat is used for: content sharing, location sharing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, photo/video sharing, voice chat and video calling.

How can you report online abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?

How can you protect your personal information?

Key safety links

  • Tips for staying safe
    Provides a range of information for staying safe on Snapchat.
  • Parent’s guide
    Provides a range of safety information for parents and carers, including thew new Family Center parental controls.
  • Safety centre
    Offers a range of general help, safety and security information.
  • Community guidelines
    The basic rules for using Snapchat.
  • Terms of service
    The terms you agree to when you use Snapchat.
  • Privacy policy
    Outlines Snapchat's privacy policy including the information they collect and how they use your data.