"There's no reason for it", Stephanie Jenkins said.
"It should cause some concern for those of you that have children using Snapchat", Massachusetts State Police social media specialist Dustin Fitch wrote on Facebook. This is ideal for those who have friends on the app that they do not specifically know.
You can access the map by opening the camera within the app and pinching the screen.
Freaked out yet? Don't worry- you can turn the feature of completely.
The Snap Map enables the user to search for locations such as an individual school, with the app displaying public photos and videos sent by students in that school. Snap Map zeros in on your location revealing exactly where you are, down to the building you're in. "There are other apps that will track you and provide other users, or friends or buddies out there of your location".
Pozolopez reached out to representatives at Snapchat and they told her if someone chooses to share their location with all of their friends on Snapchat, the site will remind them of that choice periodically to make sure they are still comfortable with the feature.
When you open the Snap Map for the first time, you'll get a prompt to choose who to share your location with.
In addition, the company provided WDRB News with some resources to pass along to concerned parents including a Parents Guide and a link to the Safety Center.