Your child might have access to new X-rated Snapchat feature

Your child might have access to new "X-rated" Snapchat feature
Published: May. 23, 2018 at 8:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2018 at 11:02 PM CDT
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A new partnership between Cosmopolitan and the popular social media app Snapchat will now bring "X-rated" material to users every Friday night.

On May 18, Snapchat launched one of its newest channels in their discover section, called "Cosmo After Dark."

Cosmopolitan describes the new channel as "An X-rated weekly edition that goes live every Friday at 6 pm."

"It's disturbing and shocking and sad that this is something that parents have to figure out how to deal with kids,"  one parent said.

While Snapchat says users must be 18 to access the content, the users themselves are responsible for telling the company their age. And there's nothing parents can do to shut off the new feature.

"To think that a child at four-years-old could get ahold of my phone while they're playing video games and see something like that is reprehensible," Tyler resident Aly Taylor said.

Lincoln says children exposed to sexual material at an early age are at risk for developing unhealthy practices.
"This is something that's really for adults, and to ask a child and their brain to try and figure that out," Lincoln said. "They're not there developmentally to understand it." 

Parents can check their child's Snapchat settings and make sure their birthdates are set correctly.

"These are innocent children" Taylor said. "And all it takes is a click of the finger and their innocence is stolen."

Lincoln says the best way to respond if your kids are exposed to the material is to keep the lines of communication open and listen to their questions and concerns. 

"You can't control whether or not they are going to see it," Lincoln said. "But you can begin to talk with them about the fact that they probably are and begin to help them understand things."

Parents looking to further monitor their children's social media can do so through apps like Bark. Bark will link their social media accounts through the app and alert you when you child may be looking at harmful material.

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