Negative Impact of Snapchat

Snapchat is ranked as the second worst social media platform for teen mental health. In this video, learn the negative effects of Snapchat for teens and tweens.


Teen Snapchat statistics

  • People under the age of 25 use Snapchat for 40 minutes on average every day, more than Instagram’s latest stat for the same demographic
  • Snapchat ranks as the most popular social media site among teenagers
  • Users 25 and younger visit Snapchat over 20 times per day

Teen social media statistics

  • 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking
  • Social media use is linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep
  • Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol

What is a Streak?

  • A Streak is given to users who have sent each other Snaps consistently for two days or more
  • A fire emoji will appear next to a friend’s name along with a number. The number indicates how many days you have consistently messaged that user back and forth

Snapchat can be addictive for teens

According to ABC News:

  • Snapchat has mechanisms in place to incentivize teens to become daily users with a phenomenon called the Streak
  • Experts say Streaks can create a concerning hierarchy of friendship that can leave some teens afraid to disappoint others if they drop a Streak
  • “The more you cannot leave one day without being on social media, the more your identity gets wrapped up in it [and] the more likely it’s going to have negative effects,” an expert warned

According to Business Insider:

  • Snapchat Streaks have become the most important metric in social media for teens
  • Because teens invest so much time in their Streaks, it’s common to ask friends to “Streak” for you if you’re unable to log on — for example, if you got your phone taken away
  • “One of my friends actually called me while I was sleeping to make sure our Streak would still be going,” a student said. “He called me four times and woke me up to keep the Streak alive. He was like, ‘Are we still Streaking?’”
  • “A big part of [Snapchat Streaks] is social acceptance,” a 15-year-old student admitted. “Having more streaks makes you feel more popular”

According to Psychology Today:

  • It is not uncommon to hear a tween bragging about the number of streaks they have going as well as about the length of each of these streaks. The longer the streak, the higher it’s perceived value
  • It is not uncommon to find a 12-year-old user who set up a Snapchat account (without their parents knowing). Streaks may really matter to your tween. Suddenly asking your tween to stop keeping up their Streaks could really stress them out

“Snap Map” lets people locate your teen

  • This feature lets teens “pinch to zoom” on their story page and view the map where their friends are posting from
  • Predators and scammers use geolocation to know where your kids are at (and when you’re not home, for a possible robbery)

Teens share their Snapchat usernames with strangers

  • Many teens add their Snapchat username into their Instagram bio which can be very dangerous
  • Even if an Instagram profile is private, anyone can see what is in the bio. This makes it easy for strangers to follow along on someone’s Snapchat profile

Teens share their Snapchat passwords with friends

  • In order to maintain a Streak, teens and tweens will share their Snapchat login credentials with friends
  • Friends with your password can make inappropriate posts on your account that can negatively affect your future in a big way

Potential negative effects of Snapchat & social media

Anxiety & depression: Research suggests that young people who spend more than 2 hours per day on social media are more likely to report poor mental health, including psychological distress (symptoms of anxiety and depression).

Sleep: Numerous studies have shown that increased social media use has a significant association with poor sleep quality in young people. Using phones, laptops, and tablets at night before bed is also linked with poor quality sleep.

Body image: Body image is an issue for many young people, both male and female. Studies have shown that when women in their teens and early twenties view Facebook for only a short period of time, body image concerns are higher compared to non-users.

Cyberbullying: Bullying during childhood is a major risk factor for a number of issues including mental health, education and social relationships, with long-lasting effects often carried right through to adulthood.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO): FOMO has been robustly linked to higher levels of social media engagement, meaning that the more an individual uses social media, the more likely they are to experience FOMO.

What parents say about Snapchat

New Snapchat Discover Stories regularly have sexually explicit images and articles — not for kids! We decided to let our oldest daughter (13 at the time) have the popular app, Snapchat a year or so ago in the context of sending fun filtered videos and pictures to her trusted friends. However, the app has gone through many revisions since we first allowed it. It now has Discover Stories with pictures and links to articles which appear front and center when you open the app. For the past week or so, I have tried to look at these every day to see what these articles are promoting. Many have steamy almost nude graphics which are visible before snapchatters click through. This is the norm, not the exception. And the article names are often sexually explicit — “Celebs tell stories of how they lost their virginity,” “4 Emojis for Steamy Sexting,” “A Guide to Lady Parts for Guys,” and more. One this past week was about orgies…. These explicit, often trashy articles and pictures have been present every single day I have looked. The app says it is appropriate for kids ages 12+ but in my opinion as a parent, this is definitely not the case! If you are considering for your tween/ teen, I recommend opening an account first for yourself and monitoring the articles for a week or so. Then decide what you feel is appropriate for you family.

What can parents do?

  • Become a Snapchat expert in our Parent University program so you can be involved with your student on the app and keep them safe
  • Know your child’s username, follow them, get involved, have discussion, and monitor their Snaps
  • If your student can easily navigate the new update, make them the expert and have them teach you more about the app
  • Have your student watch our Parent University videos that will show them that anything they post on social media (including Snapchat) has the ability to last forever
  • Demonstrate the ways that negative posts can come back to hurt their reputation in the future
  • Remind your teen that it’s okay to be silly and have fun on social media as long as they are positive (with a little bit of gratitude)

This blog was re-posted from Josh Ochs’ article on Smart Social. You can access it here:



Pepperell Youth Baseball

The baseball season is quickly approaching.  Please read below for important information on the upcoming season.

Registration Deadline/Late Fee…

Minor and Major 60/70 leagues – Registration is CLOSED

Senior league registration deadline is April 1st.

Rookie and Tball players are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

The registration deadlines are required to provide PYBL sufficient time to submit and organize our team and equipment needs.  We thank you for the understanding.


Player Evaluations…

PYBL will hold a mandatory evaluation for all players ages 7-12 (as of May 1, 2018that did not already attend evaluations in the fall.  Evaluations are mandatory and required to ensure proper player placement and team formation.

The evaluation will take place March 14th from 6:00-8:15 at Varnum Brook Gym.  Players should bring gloves and be dressed appropriately for baseball activities.

If you registered or intend to register your child in Rookie or T-Ball you DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND player evaluations.

Junior/Senior Leagues…

New for this year will be a junior Babe Ruth 13/14 year old division and a senior Babe Ruth (high school division) ages 15-17 years old.

Junior Babe Ruth’s season will start at the end of April and run through mid July.

Senior Babe Ruth (high school division) will start 1st week of June and run till end of July.

Register online today.


Good Luck DI Teams!

It’s tournament time!  Four teams will be representing NMS at this year’s tournament at Ayer-Shirley Regional High School on Saturday, March 3. Two teams will be presenting their solution to “Unlikely Attraction.” These teams created an attraction in an unlikely location (no amusement or theme parks, fairs or festivals allowed).  Two other teams will be presenting their solution to “Maze Craze”. This challenge included creating a maze traveler that goes on a journey.  It has to remove an object from the maze and transform an object.  This year we have a record breaking 26 students from NMS participating!  A big thank you to team coaches: Ms. Mercier,  Ms. Moore and Mrs. Ellison-Taylor for all their support! Good luck in the tournament, students!  Have a great day!

Best Buddies Ice Skating

Over February break, Best Buddies members stayed connected by participating in a family ice-skating event. Members demonstrated NMS’s GREAT values by trying something new, having a positive attitude, and giving their best effort. It was wonderful to see some of our first-time skaters gain confidence on the ice and some of our more experienced skaters offering words of encouragement!  Members and their families were joined by the following staff: Ms. Santiago, Mrs. Norftill, Ms. Girard, Ms. Berry, Ms. Frey, Mrs. Larochelle and Ms. Thomas.

 Special thanks to 8th grader Nick U for suggesting this trip! This was his first time ice-skating and his excitement and determination was impressive!

 If you’d like more information about Best Buddies here at Nissitissit, please reach out to Ms. Santiago or Mrs. Nortfill. Through chapter meetings and family events, we spread the message of kindness, positivity and inclusion. Membership applications can be completed online at