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Snapchat Brother channel promoting porn and masturbation to kids

Warning: This post contains some adult content. The purpose of this post is to bring parents attention to Brother channel on Snapchat.

A few months back I wrote about Cosmo After Dark segment that was on Snapchat. After all the campaigning done by bloggers like myself and pressure from the public, they have finally removed it from their platform.

Keep in mind – Snapchat has almost no parental controls, hardly any user growth, and a declining stock price. At the moment they seem desperate to do anything they can to raise its number of users.

I don’t have an issue with what adults do on Snapchat. But this becomes a problem when children as young as 13 years old are using this app. They are exposed to R-rated content through the Brother channel in Discover section.  

What is Brother Channel on Snapchat?

Snapchat has a discover section where you can explore more content. This feature cannot be switched off. Every Snapchat user regardless of age can search in Discover.

Brother channel was launched in 2016. The channel description is, “Brother has your back on all the stuff that actually matters. Relationships and Sex, Life and Health, Fun and Clever Dumb Stuff. Plus all the truths nobody else is going to tell you.”

This channel ran a segment called “Can You Get Addicted To This?” on new years eve with the Incognito mode icon (the grey icon) attached to its image.

Incognito mode is a way to browse without leaving a trace. Safari, Chrome and all browser have this option. To allow you to keep things private.

I was curious and clicked on it.

I was shocked by what I found, it was basically promoting porn and masturbation. The screenshots are below.

Inappropriate content on Snapchat Discover section :

This is not the first time that inappropriate content can be found in the discover section. But Snapchat misleads parents by making claiming that it has introduced an aged-gating system to protect kids from adult content.

Age-gating means certain content cannot be seen by people below a certain age.

However, this age-gating is mainly optional. Snapchat stated that nudity and pornographic images will be off-limits unless it is “age-gated” for indecent images, and videos.

The things is Brother Channel is not age-gated. I sign up to Snapchat as a 13-year-old and can still access this channel.

The images below can be viewed by any Snapchat users. 

“Porn is everyone”. Imagine your 13-year-old watching this.

This is when the content is disturbing for young people. They only tell one side of the story:

  • It emphasizes that you are at your best when watching porn. Which is so wrong.
  • It shows that you can find good friends through the comment section of porn videos, is reckless.
  • Focusing that there is only ONE bad thing about porn that is, nofap . An organisation that encourages people to remove porn and masturbation completely from their lives.

The last screen advice to use porn wisely. Their definition of advice is to watch porn in incognito mode. Which is to hide your browsing activity.

 

Just a reminder, none of this content is age-gated.  In other words, Snapchat said that it is ok for a 7th grader to watch this.

 

This particular content was published on December 31st. Brother channel updates their content daily so I am expecting that this content will disappear by 1st January. But to my surprise it is still there as of today, 14th January.

 

5 practical tips to protect your kids you can do today:

If you think that the above content is fine for your 13-year-olds then this might not be the right blog post for you. For the rest of you, please take a look at the tips below:

1. Delay giving your child social media for as long as you can. Wait until the 8th is a new movement of encouraging parents to delay social media. I love their message,

2. Speak to your child about some of the issues with social media, for instance cyberbullying and porn.  If you feel confident on your child is ready for it then don’t leave them alone with social media. Make sure their activities can be monitored in some ways. Have parental control switched on.

3, I disagree with Brother’s advice on Incognito Browsing. In fact, prevent this from happening. If your child uses a Mac or iPhone then shut off the app store so they don’t use anything else besides Safari. To do this:

  • Click on Setting
  • General
  • Restrictions
  • Hover off in-app purchases

You can also limit adult websites in Safari so they cannot erase their browsing history:

  • Settings
  • Screen Time
  • Content & privacy restrictions
  • Content Restriction
  • Set web content to “Limit Adult Websites”.

4. If you are an Android user then switch on Google Family Link.

5. Have an open conversation with your child about porn. Here are a few steps to start the conversation with your preteen. If you have older children, Fight The New Drug has plenty of resources about the science of porn addiction.

My stand on Snapchat

Emarketer has published a paper estimating that over 90% of 12-17 yeard old have used Snapchat.

Now imagine, the park in your neighborhood where all the 12-17 years old play every day suddenly have a poster that encourages kids to watch porn, masturbate and get high. I can only assume the anger parents must feel when they see this in a place their trust their kids will be safe.

Continue imagining… this poster also tells your kids how to get full access to it and why they should do it. Parents keep tearing the poster every day so kids won’t see it but the park owner can keep putting it up every day.

What would you eventually do? Would you still let your kids play in the park? NO, you will realize that this park is not good for children so they cannot go there anymore.

Likewise, Snapchat is not suitable for your 13-year-old so take them out of it,

This starts with your parents. Keep your kids safe in the online world just like how you would do it in the real world.

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Here are other tips to you keep children safe in the digital age : 

Tips for Non-Tech Savy Mums :4 tips to digital parenting for non-tech savy mums

10 things you can do right now to keep your children safeEasy and clever online safety tips

3 dangerous places for children to be online : 3 places kids should have limited internet access

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2 Comments

  1. John says:

    So their making porn more secure meanwhile a child can access what ever he wants on snap chat.

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