Police & Fire

Video: Keep Kids Safe on Snap Chat with Help from Union County Sheriff's Office 

Parents and kids all over are using the app “Snap Chat,” but are you sure it’s safe? Credits: Union County Sheriff's Office

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Parents and kids all over are using the app “Snap Chat,” but are you sure it’s safe? Did you know that there are features in the app that allow someone to follow you or your kids? It’s called “Snap Map” and it allows users friends to see their exact location. 

Snap Chat can be fun when used with caution, according to experts, but it’s important to understand the app’s privacy settings, such as “ghost mode,” which allows you to turn off the ability for others see you or your child’s location.

The Union County Sheriff’s Department has created a video to show you how to set your privacy settings and keep you and your loved ones safe. 

Sign Up for E-News

“Technology moves at such a fast rate we need to keep up with our children’s safety,” said Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan. “If you have a teenager with Snapchat, please view this important short video.”

Parents should never assume that what's posted on Snap Chat is private. Some argue that only your friends can see your avatar, which is correct. But look at the round circles of people, (not the blue dots) and you'll see that those are stories people posted publicly. You can see these even if you are not friends with them. 

It’s a feature that criminals, including human traffickers, burglars and kidnappers can take advantage of. Adjusting your privacy settings can help keep you and your loved ones safe. 

Experts also argue that people often accept friend requests from others they don’t know, making  it easier for criminals to use social media to their advantage.

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove  is an online newspaper serving the Townships of Verona and Cedar Grove. TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is a locally owned news organization serving the community.

Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Got a news tip or opinion? email us at jmoreno@tapinto.net


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Details Emerge about Nutley Resident's Rally to Add Armed Guards to Public Schools

March 19, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Details of the 'Rally to Protect Our Children,' a citizen organized effort to add armed guards to all Nutley Public Schools are emerging. The rally will take place at the same time as the '#NeverAgain March for Our Lives' taking place in cities across the country. 

TAPinto Nutley first broke the news of the rally March 13 in a report about ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

March 18, 2018

March 12, 2018 – March 18, 2018

On March 14, 2018 at 11:41 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle after observing that the operator was not wearing a seatbelt. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 23 year old female passenger from Woodland Park for possession of marijuana. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 14, 2018 ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

Resident Requests Media Specialist for Memorial Middle School

March 22, 2018

Dear Editor,

After attending the Cedar Grove Board of Education meeting on February 27, 2018 and speaking publicly regarding the lack of a Media Specialist in the school, I am attaching the letter I read to the Board and Mr. Fetherman requesting they look into hiring a Media Specialist for the 2018-19 school year. I am writing this to bring awareness to our community that Memorial Middle ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, March 22, 6:00 PM

Mountainside Medical Center, Glen Ridge

Power Up your Grocery Cart

Health & Wellness


Thu, March 22, 6:00 PM

Immaculate Conception Church, Montclair

CGJBSL 12U Cooperstown Dinner/Tricky Tray ...

Food & Drink Sports


Thu, March 22, 7:00 PM

Cedar Grove High School, Cedar Grove

Orange Invitational Volleyball Tournament ...

Education Food & Drink Giving Back Other Sports

Cedar Grove Historical Society presents "Historic Upper Montclair Business District"

March 22, 2018

The Cedar Grove Historical Society will present the program “Historic Upper Montclair Business District” on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Library.  Helen Fallon, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Montclair History Center, will chronicle the development of the Upper Montclair Business District from a rural settlement in the 1880s to a burgeoning town ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...