Introduction: This guide was created for the purpose of showing you how to stay safe on Snapchat and make full use of its safety features.
Snapchat has all of its privacy settings located in one convenient place. If you have these settings set to allow people you don’t know to communicate with you on Snapchat - we advise you to follow these steps to protect your privacy. Here are some steps you can take to edit your privacy settings:
What settings can I edit?
There are 4 settings you may edit in this section of Snapchat’s privacy settings. They are the following:
Who Can Contact Me: Choose who can contact you directly with Snaps, Chats, etc. The recommended setting for this is: My Friends
Who Can See Me In Quick Add: Choose who can see you in Quick Add, a feature that appears around Snapchat which makes it easier to add mutual friends. The recommended setting for this is: Turn Quick Add Off
Who Can See My Location: Choose who can see your location whenever you have Snapchat open. The recommended setting for this is: Ghost Mode.
Who Can View My Story: Choose who can view your Story. Tap ‘Custom’ if you’d like to block specific friends from seeing your Story.The recommended setting for this is: My Friends
Turning off “Find Friends” Option
When signing up for Snapchat, you may have connected your mobile number to the app to allow your friends to add you through your phone number. To protect your privacy further - you may wish to turn this feature off.
Blocking Someone: If you find yourself in a situation where it is necessary to block a user on Snapchat for harassment or other reasons, please follow these steps:
If the person you want to block has recently sent you a Snap, long press their name until this image appears. If they haven’t recently sent you a Snap, go to your friend’s list and long press their username until this image appears.
A message will appear asking you to confirm blocking the user, if you are sure you want to block them, proceed.
Lastly, Snapchat will ask you why you blocked the user. Please answer this question and the user will officially be blocked from Snapchat.
General Safety Tips:
Do not send inappropriate photos of any kind to anyone on Snapchat. Even though pictures “disappear” after a time period, they are always there on the internet. Malicious people may acquire them or someone may screenshot it to embarrass you.
If someone from HIA is harassing you on Snapchat or sending you pictures you are uncomfortable with you are to report them immediately to an iC
Do not tell anyone your Snapchat password - even someone you believe is a close friend.
Do not give your Snapchat information out on a public platform such as Habbo or Slack. If you want someone in HIA to have your Snapchat - it must be someone you trust - and give it to them privately. Always remember that when giving someone from the internet your social media information - you are putting yourself at risk.
Never feel pressured to provide your information to someone.
Even if you choose ‘My Friends’ in the privacy settings, anyone you’re in a Group with will be able to communicate with you. If you’re in a Group Chat with someone you’re uncomfortable with - delete the group chat or do not enter it in the first place.
If you post a Snap to your Story, and then change your settings so only friends can see your Story, others may still be able to see the Snaps you posted before the change.
Keep your personal details private, you should not be sharing your email address, phone number, home address or other personal information with anyone on Snapchat.
Created by the Chief of Staff Team: SprinklesKitty, teenagegirl.xo, maretaem, hailynx, WendyDarling808, & Moltley