Many adults feel too old to use Snapchat. But that doesn’t stop the app from including adult content. Recently, Cosmopolitan aka Cosmo, rolled out a new Snapchat Channel, Cosmo After Dark. Cosmo After Dark is available as a part of the “Discover” section of the app. And some parents have questions. After all, there are plenty of younger kids who use Snapchat; it’s kind of their preferred social media. Some parent sites are calling Cosmo After Dark “porn,” but before you get all freaked out and make your children delete the app, here’s what you need to know.
According to the site Protect Young Eyes, Cosmo After Dark is r-rated Anyone who has ever read or seen an issue of Cosmopolitan knows that its main focus is sex. This has always been the point of the publication. And in an article about the new channel, they openly admit that the content will be explicit to a degree.
“It’s an X-rated weekly edition that goes live every Friday at 6 p.m. and is exclusively dedicated to all things hot”
Cosmo After Dark is not R-rated
Out of curiosity, I searched for the Cosmopolitan channel, because it’s not something that automatically comes up in my Discover feed. Honestly, Discover is very confusing, and not easily accessed. So, if your kids are using the app simply to send messages and pictures to their friends, chances are they don’t even know Discover exists.
Yes, Cosmo After Dark publishes content that could be considered explicit.Once I found it, I clicked through the flashy (and loud) snaps to see what exactly was being discussed. There was a “Sexoscope,” which is a sexy play off their regular horoscope feature, and a sexy version of “Truth or Dare” to play with your partner. However, there is no actual stuff that’s bad in the snap, only a swipe up link.
The snaps in the Cosmo After Dark channel are just flashier versions of potential Cosmopolitan headlines.
Use your best judgment on this one
It’s true that Snapchat doesn’t have hard and fast filters that will prevent your children from seeing this. But, that’s where your parental due diligence comes in. Most social media apps do not have many age related filters. If you’re allowing your child to use the app, then you need to make sure that you’ve taken advantage of the birthday feature. If you enter your child’s birthday, it will filter content.
According to the fact-checking site Snopes, Cosmo After Dark is restricted. People under 18 will not be allowed to access it, and it will not be promoted in their feeds. Yes, there are ways around the birthday thing, but then you as a parent need to talk to your kids.
Neither Snapchat nor Cosmo are promoting porn. In their Community Guidelines, the app explicitly states such. “We prohibit accounts that promote or distribute pornographic content.” If Cosmo was posting pornographic content, they would be banned.
Navigating social media with younger kids is tricky. Snapchat is especially difficult. But, parents, talk to your kids. Do a little research on your own.
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