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Monday Musings, 9/20/2021, Part 3

Snapchat and TikTok

Snapchat is another American company focused on instant photos and videos. Users, known as Snappers, create Snaps, from harmless lip-syncing to outright pornography. Snapchat appears solely intended for pleasure, and as such, has absolutely no place in education.

Snapchat is also known as a place for academic cheating, sexting, and cyberbullying. Snappers report euphoria when using Snapchat, indicating the possible formation of addictive tendencies. (Punyanunt-Carter et al.,2017, p. 871).

One particularly troubling aspect of Snapchat is the ability of Snappers to enter "my-eyes-only" chat rooms. Sexual predators can easily lure young children into these rooms and expose them to pornography. This should horrify parents and educators. (Snapchat, 2021).

Teenagers often use Snapchat to build their social identity. Hiding behind a screen gives Snappers a sense of security that does not exist. (Charteris et al., 2018, p. 206-207). Parents and educators must warn children about sites like Snapchat and forbid its use in their classrooms.


TikTok did not fare much better than Instagram in my research. TikTok is a Chinese social networking service that allows users to create video messages from fifteen seconds to three minutes long, containing genres like dance, comedy, and education. TikTok has become famous for the dances created by its users.

An enormous problem with TikTok is that users feel anonymity and often share provocative photos and videos of themselves. Users anticipate these videos will remain private, but other users can save and then distribute the offensive videos. This is a risky practice that often leads to blackmail and cyberbullying. (TikTok, 2021).

Some educators recognize a developing problem of decreased student attention spans. Because children watch so many short TikTok's, they tend to desire bite-sized lessons rather than spend time reading or researching a project.

Several countries have banned TikTok completely, or at least in part, citing security and safety as reasons. (TikTok, 2021). If entire countries are banning TikTok, why are we allowing our students to continue its use? In my opinion, TikTok has no place in education or American life.

Charteris, J.; Gregory, S,; and Masters, Y. (2018). 'Snapchat' youth subjectivities and sexuality: Disappearing media and the discourse of youth innocence. Gender and Education 30(2), 205-221.

Punyanunt-Carter, N.M.; De La Cruz, J.J.; and Wrench, J.S. (2017). Investigating the relationships among college students' satisfaction, addiction, needs, communication apprehension, motives, and uses & gratifications with Snapchat. Computers in Human Behavior 75(2017, October), 870-875.

Snapchat. (2021, September 18). In Wikipedia.

TikTok. (2021, September 18). In Wikipedia.

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