Yes, you read that right. The fight against Snapchat has begun at a grassroots level, with youth advocates like Collin Kartchner, a popular social media figure who is on a crusade to #savethekids from the destructive side of modern tech. He named Friday, June 1 “National Delete Snapchat Day”.
If you haven’t read the latest on Snapchat and Cosmopolitan’s X-rated channel, you may wonder why the dramatic push. Basically Cosmopolitan started an adult content channel called Cosmo After Dark to be shared on Snapchat every Friday night in their Discover section. It ran one weekend and was quickly removed after the “nearly porn” content received a major backlash from parents across the internet. Read our full story here.
“When that was announced, I thought this is such a disaster for our kids,” said Kartchner. “And I know it’s tough because they like the streaks [long-running Snapchat messages to and from friends], and they like to communicate with snapchat, but we’ve got to get rid of this.”
Since the Cosmo After Dark announcement, Kartchner has been using his Instagram account to encourage kids to delete the app and he says, most people are thrilled.
“The reality is, the majority of people hate snapchat… I mean, the app was created to send naked photos.”
And even though Snapchat has evolved into a major social media app that many argue is nowhere near a sexting app anymore, Kartchner says kids can still access so much dangerous content, that most don’t even want to see.
“Snapchat has just been awful,” he explains. “It’s already easy to access porn for these poor kids, a click of a button, whether they want to see it or not.”
And his response, in just days, has been incredibly successful. Even though the date hasn’t arrived, Kartchner is receiving hundreds of daily messages from teens and parents about their experience deleting the app.
“It’s happening,” he says. “I am getting messages all the time from high school kids: ‘Me and my best friends all deleted Snapchat and we all feel so much better, literally in one day!’ Or others said, ‘I had a streak that was 230 days long and I deleted it and this is the best thing ever, I don’t know why I cared so much!’”
From the parents?
“Parents are so pumped, saying, ‘I’ve been trying to get my kid off this thing forever!’”
Snapchat is an app that can not be monitored by any parental control apps or devices. As a company, WebSafety strongly believes apps that give your child access to dangerous content, impacts their mental well-being and can damage their self-esteem should be monitored, so we stand behind Kartchner’s campaign to encourage kids to delete Snapchat and take a stance. We also know it won’t be easy for families to encourage teens to delete the app, but Kartchner reminds all parents it is worth it.
“Just being able to take that stress from a lot of these kids will make a difference,” said Kartchner. “They always have to be on top of things and always have to be performing. Snapchat is such an added disaster to that and for some of these kids’ mental health. Not just to mention the constant bullying that goes on and it’s so easy to find porn, even if you’re not wanting it.”
You and your kids can follow Kartchner on Instagram and Facebook and join his National Delete Snapchat Day on Friday, June 1st. He is encouraging everyone to delete the app by 6pm MST. And for teens who are concerned about losing an app they love so much, he encourages them to go back to what they used to love.
“I know [Snapchat’s] fun, but go back to texting and go back to phone calls, make eye contact. Let’s go back to really connecting.”