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As a parent, it can be difficult to keep up with all the modern slang, social media lingo, and whatever those words are your kids are using. Here's some for Snapchat that may help you out.

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Snapchat has grown and expanded into a staple app for teens and adults everywhere. The ability to communicate with your friends and family through photos and videos that disappear has become a staple app.

Fun filters, posting to your story, and watching a quick discover story has become a highlight for those who use the app, but with Snapchat comes its own lingo.

So what do these terms mean?

The Lingo

  • Snap. Each message you send, text, picture or video, is a snap
  • Story. When you snap a video or photo you can decide to post it to your friends and even to the public for all to view. Stories are publicly visible for 24 hours, then disappear. There are no limits to the amount of stories you can post
  • Memories. Stories which are automatically saved. Snapchat will show you certain stories on the anniversary of when you posted them. Snapchat can also make short videos showing you the memories if multiple videos and pictures were posted on that day.
  • Snapcode. A scannable code that can be used to quickly add friends to a Snapchat profile. Looks like a QR code.
  • Snapstreak. This term refers to the length of time that two people have snapped each other consistently for consecutive days. It’s extremely popular for friends to compete and see how long they can maintain their streak without missing a day and breaking it.
  • Geofilter. Like filters, you can use a geofilter to decorate snaps and share your location (popular at large, public events).
  • Snap Map. With this feature, you can share your location and look around a map to see where other people are located.
  • Discover. Media content created by celebrities, entertainment outlets, and random strangers. While many of these content providers are legitimate, you can’t truly predict what might pop up. Alcohol ads, offensive language, or nudity/sexual talking points could pop up just as easily as the New York Times. Content is typically promotional in nature and is frequently mature in subject matter.