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WOPD Alert re: Snapchat Snap Maps
July 7, 2017 -- The West Orange Police Dept. is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in alerting parents/guardians of the potential dangers caused by a new feature added to Snap Chat recently called Snapmap.
Snapchat is a phone app that allows users to take pictures and post live video clips. Snapchat's newest feature, Snapmaps, uses the phone’s GPS to plot the location of users and their "snaps" in real time onto a map. This allows friends and other Snapchat users to see where they are located, as detailed as the street they are on. This may seem like harmless fun to children, but parents should be aware of the dangers it can cause. Please talk to your children about internet safety. One way to disable this feature is to enable "Ghost Mode".
To enable Ghost Mode: Pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map. When you do it for the first time, it should ask you if you want to activate “Ghost Mode.” If it doesn’t, tap the icon in the top right corner, where you will be able to check a box to enable it. image1.JPG If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please reach out to the West Orange Police Dept. at (973) 325-4000. Emergencies should always be reported via 9-1-1.