When Snapchat Trends Turn Criminal

Updated: Jun 17

We’ve all seen Snapchat trends going around that are seemingly harmless. Whether you are on Snapchat to stay in touch with your friends or log on each day to keep your streak, some trends come up that challenge you to practice judgment before jumping in on the trend. Parents should be aware of the potential problems that can arise from following a Snapchat trend as well.


Snapchat Trends Gone Wrong


Some harmful snaps going around have come up in the news recently. Unfortunately, it won’t be the last time you hear about misjudgments from teens on Snapchat. The best you can do is stay educated and talk to the adolescents in your life about practicing good judgment amongst social media pressure.


Here are some examples of Snapchat trends turned criminal:


· School Shooter Day: Posts spread around Snapchat requesting that kids call in active-shooter threats to their schools so that school would get canceled. What seemed like a harmless prank to get an extra day off of school led to fear, the waste of law enforcement resources, and mindless threats with lasting repercussions.

· Vandalism in the Bathrooms: Another trend promoted vandalizing bathrooms in schools. Kids would post videos of overflowing toilets or wasted toilet paper strung through the bathrooms. The damage led to schools paying to repair permanently affected bathrooms.

· Slap a Teacher Challenge: On Snapchat, the kids spread around a challenge to see who could slap a teacher and record it to Snapchat. While these trends are coming from kids who do not think things through, you can recognize the unnecessary violence and senselessness and stop the spread of such challenges.


Instead of getting caught up, thinking something is silly and fun, consider what you are being asked to do and who it will affect. Stopping to process what you read on social media before spreading it or acting on it is a vital skill for the rising generation.


If you face charges related to Snapchat, our team at Miles & Hatcher, LLP, can help. Whether you are lumped into a group by mistake or are at fault, we can help you out of a sticky situation. All you have to do is call: (909) 481-4080.

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