Snapchat has come to a new low in targeting teen girls. The creators of Snapchat are making digital prostitution for students an easy option with the addition of Snapcash.
As you know with Snapchat one can take a picture, send it to a friend and after it is viewed, it disappears. The youth worker community has made statements against this form of social media for various reasons, advising parents that such apps like Snapchat could be used for sexting. Many do not view Snapchat is not a reputable or trustworthy company. For more insight into Snapchat read the article “Why you should delete Snapchat” by Adam McClane.
Now let me explain how Snapcash works: you must be 18 years or older (and I’m sure no one lies on the internet) “Enter your debit card, which is securely stored by Square, who will swiftly process your payment and send cash directly to your “friend’s” bank account. Just swipe into chat, type the dollar sign, an amount (e.g.$11.25), and hit the green button.” It’s just that easy.
So why the big fuss? In a world where self-image issues are rampant among teen and young girls, how is this going to address their need for more “likes”? Through Snapcash, we now have a new metric that can be added to this social media body image mix: If you “like” or want my nude picture just send money. Furthermore, girls can now sell themselves and profit from it.
Studies have revealed that students do not fully comprehend the consequences of sexting and Snapcash will certainly open up more legal issues to consider. (i.e.) What happens to a teen girl who sells pictures of her self and gets caught? Snapchat has moved sexting as child pornography to a whole new dimension of possible digital image prostitution.
Michael A. Liebler
President of The Youth Culture Report