By now you might have heard of Snapchat, a popular picture and video-sharing app that features images that disappear after viewing. Now the Snapchat developers have introduced SnapKidz for the under-13 crowd.
What is SnapKidz? What’s the difference between Snapchat and SnapKidz?
In a way, there is just one app. When you download Snapchat you are prompted to create a user account including your date of birth. If you indicate that you are less than thirteen years old, you get SnapKidz instead of the full-blown version of the app.
Here are the differences:
|Take pictures and record video, save to the device||Yes||Yes|
|Add captions and drawings to photos and videos||Yes||Yes|
|Messaging (Send and receive pictures and videos from within the app)||Yes||No|
Should I let my child download SnapKidz?
The way I see it, if your child has an iPod touch and wants to use SnapKidz, they will find that the missing features are probably the main reasons they wanted the app in the first place. They can already take photos and videos and save them to the device. Countless apps in the app store allow you to edit pictures and add captions. If you allow e-mail or iMessage, they can already share images and videos with friends. So at this point SnapKidz is about as safe as any other photo editing app available.
The only caveat is that they could enter a fake birthday (well, not my kid and not your kid, our kids would never do something like that…), providing them with the full Snapchat experience.
I also found that you could simply delete the app, reinstall it and create a new account with a different birthday. This would give you the full Snapchat app even if you had previously used SnapKidz.
You can learn more about SnapKidz, Snapchat and tips for parents from this Snapchat Guide for Parents.