More Time Spent Online Gives Rise To Cyberbullying

The global pandemic has drawn more users to communicate with their peers through messaging apps. We are living in confusing and highly stressful times. This confusion and stress leads to a rise in risky behaviour and misunderstandings. A common misunderstanding is the mistaken belief that SnapChat messages disappear forever after 10 seconds, it is clear that this is not always the case. In fact, SnapChat was recently forced to admit that its photos don’t disappear forever.

Downloading Your Chat History

As a registered user of SnapChat, by using your username and password, you can login to and download your chat history, including sent and received messages.

SnapChat Does Not Forget!

There are numerous ways to save SnapChat messages, including (but not limited to) the use of third party apps that make a permanent record of SnapChat messages that can be recovered and replayed at any time in the future. These messages, photos, and videos are often used as a form of blackmail which can lead to the victim being extorted

While blackmail and extortion are nothing new, the easy accessibility of apps such as SnapChat presents us with a new challenge, because its users are lulled into a false sense of security, based on their mistaken belief that the images only exist for a few seconds.

Advice and Resources

At Repair IT, we seek to equip parents and carers with knowledge that can help children to manage their online lives in a safe and responsible way.

We work with schools, lawyers, and freelance legal consultants to recover things like SnapChat photos, text messages, and videos. In all cases that involve cyberbullying, we work on a no-fee basis.

When To Call The Police

If you are affected by cyberbullying, contact the police by calling 101. If you or someone else is in immediate danger from bullying or cyber bulling, you should call 999.