Officer warns parents about password-protected album in Snapchat app

WICHITA, Kan. - A feature inside Snapchat allows users to hide pictures in a password-protected album.

Matt Mayo is an officer with the Arkansas City Police Department. He says Snapchat can be a fun app, but it can also be misused like several other apps. While serving as a school resource officer at the high school, he's seen kids get into trouble on social media, often hiding pictures in "My Eyes Only" on Snapchat.

"They're sending all kinds of inappropriate photos. sending things they shouldn't be sending. whether it be photos of themselves or others at parties," Officer Mayo says.

The "My Eyes Only" album is on the "Memories" page inside Snapchat. Once the feature is activated, it is locked by a password.

"You turn that on and it opens a photo vault in Snapchat where students or kids can hide photos and have a pass code on them," Officer Mayo says.

He says it's only a problem if parents don't know what's going on.

"Know your kids' passwords. know what they're doing. if they say they have a right to privacy... well they're children. know their passwords. know what they're doing at all times. it's hard, it's a lot of work, but it's worth it."

He recommends that parents talk to their kids about the pictures they're taking on Snapchat to keep them safe and out of trouble.

Photos on Snapchat are only shown for 10 seconds, however, Officer Mayo says they don't completely disappear.

"Snapchat actually keeps all those and they're all records of Snapchat. We can actually subpoena those records and we have access to them after they've been deleted those 10 seconds."

He suggests parents should know all their kids' passwords and go through each app on a regular basis.