With the growing popularity of social apps, kids tend to spend most of their time communicating online. They send text and voice messages, “like” or “snap” each other’s posts, share photos and videos, and listen to music. On the surface, these digital activities seem relatively safe and free of problems. However, can social media truly save kids from difficulties in life?
Some kids consider Snapchat a lifesaver. However, such social media apps can negatively impact those who are bullied in real life. For instance, back in 2012, an assault followed by a cyberbullying attack took a 15-year-old girl’s life. It wasn’t enough for perpetrators to commit the crime, so they made shots of the assault and shared them on social media. And in 2018, a kid with disabilities became a victim of cyberbullying. Classmates took his photos in the restroom and shared them on Snapchat.
Unfortunately, many other kids experience cyberbullying every day and feel like there’s no way out. As their self-esteem significantly decreases, they start searching for new friends online. Sometimes they find children with the same problems. However, other times they befriend online predators who hide behind an image of a caring friend.
Kids often keep their parents in the dark, afraid that they’ll overreact. So, how can you protect your kid from cyberbullying on Snapchat if you don’t know about it?
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Сan Snapchat Be Monitored by Parents?
One of the proven methods to find out if your kids is having problems is to monitor their online activity. If you have a healthy, friendly relationship with your kid, you can follow them on Snapchat and see what they post. However, if you want more insight into what’s going on in their digital life, you need a more efficient solution.
In this article, we’ll cover the most effective methods to monitor your child’s Snapchat on iPhone and Android devices to help you protect them from the dangers of social media.
Method 1: Monitoring Snapchat on iOS and Android with mSpy
Although you can restore the Snapchat backup files on both iOS and Android, you can’t track your child’s activity in real-time without a monitoring app. If you want to be aware of what your child is doing online, we recommend installing mSpy parental control app on their phone.
Here is a quick guide on how to monitor Snapchat on iPhone without jailbreak with mSpy:
- Make sure you know the iCloud credentials of the target smartphone.
- Activate iCloud backup. If you’re having trouble, then make sure two-factor authentication (2FA) is allowed on the monitored device.
- Get the mSpy app and choose the no-jailbreak package to use it.
- Follow the setup instructions sent to your email.
- To start monitoring your child’s Snapchat activity, log in to your Control Panel.
Before purchasing your mSpy subscription, you need to remember that some advanced monitoring features require jailbreaking for iPhone and rooting for Android. So, make sure you choose the correct package for your needs.
Method 2: Restoring Snapchat Backup Files from iCloud
If you get along well with your kid and have open communication, you can ask them to show you their Snapchat messages. However, you need to consider that all content shared on the app disappears in a few seconds after the recipient opens a message. So, how can you see the content that can’t be saved?
If your kid’s iPhone is regularly updated on iCloud or iTunes, you can restore the backup files, including Snapchat chatting history. You don’t need any technical background to do that and can restore the data you need very quickly.
Before you get the target device, make sure you know its iCloud credentials. Then, follow these steps:
- Go to the device’s “Settings” and scroll down to find “General”
- Choose “Reset” and select “Erase All Content and Settings”
- Restart the device
- On the setup screen, log in with the Apple ID and password
- Tap “Restore from iCloud Backup” on the “Apps and Data” screen
Now, you can see what content your child has received in the last few weeks.
Method 3: Restoring Snapchat Backup Files from iTunes
To restore Snapchat backup files from iTunes, you need a computer and a few minutes. Just follow these simple steps:
- Connect your iPhone to iTunes on a computer
- Tap the phone icon and go to “Summary”
- Click “Restore Backup”
- Choose a backup file that contains Snapchat files
- Click “Restore”
When you complete all the steps, you will see Snapchat backup files on your iPhone.
Method 4: Recovering Deleted Snapchat Photos on Android
Though you can’t monitor your kid’s activity on Snapchat without a monitoring app, there is a way to restore multimedia files on an Android device. You can ask for your kid’s phone and look for a cache file folder where received Snapchat content is stored.
Follow the address “com.snapchat.android > cache > received_image_snaps” and look for the folder named “com.snapchat.android”.
Preventing Online Bullying
Although some states criminalize online harassment that leads to a victim’s death, there is no federal law against cyberbullying in the U.S. So, you are the only person who can prevent your kids from being bullied online. If you can’t convince them to discuss bullying-related problems, we recommend installing a parental control app on their phones. With mSpy, you can easily monitor text messages and media files that your kid receives on Snapchat and other social apps. Additionally, you can monitor calls, view files, and track messages on a target device. We hope our app will help you prevent cyberbullying and secure your family from it.