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Careful when you Snapchat: parents and police discuss the risks
By Leslie Rangel
Facebook is about ten years old and that's old enough for today's teens.
"I don't ever use Facebook, like what's Facebook?"
It's an attitude that's spreading among many young adults. They're breaking up with Facebook
"I have over like a thousand friends on Facebook and how many do I actually know."
They're turning to more personal apps like Snapchat.
"Snapchat, you basically you just take a picture of yourself and you can add a caption and then you send it to whoever you want to send it to."
The concern is what's being sent lasts only a matter of seconds.
"Snapchat there's no way to monitor that because as soon as it's sent it's erased, so as a parent I have a real problem letting her have that app."
Police officers believe the app could open doors and allow users to send or receive inappropriate pictures.
"Little boys and little girls of 12 are doing things now that no one ever dreamed of 10-15 years ago."
Hackers recently got access to snap chat and leaked hundreds of cell phone numbers. Port Arthur officer Marcelo Molfino says that breach makes it clear, Snapchat isn't completely safe.
"If it's based off a web or database, there's someone out there whose going and try to hack it."
A reality this generation understands, but doesn't always take seriously.
"I think we're aware, I think it's just that because we're teenagers, we ignore it."
That's why some parents aren't taking a chance with the new technology.
"It's our responsibility to guide them through these years so we'll keep a tight fist on what they do."