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Those two syllables denote a world of cute mouse ears, rainbow symbols and facial distortion filters that burst onto our smartphones as messages for a matter of seconds, before disappearing forever. The only time we hear a negative report of the app, is when it's used by teens to sext. But that — the consensual sending of sexual messages between teens who fancy one another — is by no means the biggest danger.
What we all need to really wake up to now, is Snapchat being using as a form of bullying. The frontier of bullying has been changing for years. In the last decade, it has spread across mainstream social media - from Facebook and WhatsApp to more niche sites, popular with teens, like Ask. It's all-encompassing and when it comes to teen girls, a lot of is focused on their bodies.
Much of this falls into the category of revenge porn. The consequences of this are horrific. These girls are essentially victims of revenge porn — but as UK law only recognises this as a crime that affects over 18s, they cannot take legal action unless they go after perpetrators for child porn.
And if a girl or boy sent the nude themselvesthis could result in her also facing legal sanctions. This legal and emotional minefield can result in self-harm, mental illness and - as in one tragic case, in Florida last week - death. Fifteen-year-old Tovonna Holton was found lying in a pool of blood by her mother, who believes that she shot herself after her friends filmed her nude in the shower before sharing the video on Snapchat without her permission.
The police are looking into women naked snapchat but say they have no evidence that she was being bullied, and do not know if she consented to being filmed nude in the shower.
What seems to be clear is that Tovonna did not want the video to be shared on Snapchat. That is not something any teen girl opts into, and to me it just proves she was being bullied. Her mum agrees saying that bullying had occurred in the past, and her friends are now using the hashtag StopBullying to spread the message. Bullying no longer looks like it used to and it certainly isn't restricted to the playground.
It is complex, subtle and incredibly cruel. Teens nowadays know that what hurts more than a physical punch, is social humiliation. But cyber-bullying is different. A Snapchat message or video can be captured in a screenshot and remain for ever.
Photos can circulate the web for life. And, in the UK, if those involved are over 18 they could be sent to jail. It's that serious. We need to still label these incidents as 'revenge porn' and recognise them as bullying.
Only then when we give it the right name can we begin to deal with it properly and make sure no other teen has to suffer in this way ever again. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Visit our adblocking instructions. Comment speech bubble. We've noticed you're adblocking. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism.
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