Telegram is a cross-platform messaging app that claims to “deliver messages faster than any other application.” It combines familiar elements from other platforms like into one messaging service through use of AI bots, instant messaging, chat customisation, and time-bound messages between individuals, small groups, or large groups (of up to 200,000 people).
The terms and conditions of use state that EU and UK citizens must be “at least 16 years old to sign up” while the Apple App Store rates the app ‘17+’ and Google Play advises ‘Parental Guidance’.
Being able to send things that disappear may lead children into a false sense of security about sharing intimate or private photos or videos. It’s important to remind them that other users can still screenshot or screen-record their answers and have them saved, even if they have been deleted from their conversations.
Talk to those in your care about the importance of knowing (and trusting) who they are sharing messages, photos, and videos with. Remember – almost anything posted can be captured somehow by anyone, even friends.