By now many of you have heard about Snpachat's new adult channel "Cosmo After Dark." I'm not going to link to any articles about it because everything I've seen shared on this directed at parents is designed to freak them out and get them upset. All the outrage on this is really missing the point and frankly, missing an opportunity. As someone who's spent the past 18 months researching and writing a book on social media and families ("Text Me When You Get There" coming in 2019 from Penguin Random House/Tarcher Perigee), here are my thoughts:
(1) The channel is new - adult content on Snapchat is not. If you scroll through the discover section on the app, you will consistently see things that are not appropriate for kids. Examples? Sex tips, reviews of vibrators and sex toys, discussions about sexting, photos of people (mostly women) without a lot of clothes on, and that's just the content having to do with sex. There's also lots of content about drinking, partying, hangovers, smoking weed, and vaping. It's all there - IT'S BEEN THERE. If you have the app or allowed your kid to have a Snapchat account, then you presumably already know this.