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Bringing Up Nudes

Delaney Ruston, MD

September 1, 2022

Delaney offers advice to a parent worried about how her daughter is using snapchat to communicate with her new romantic partner.

The Question: 

My teenage daughter just started dating someone. I know she has the app Snapchat and she's told me that it's their main mode of communication when they're not together. I know little about the app but from what I've researched, I know that it is a common platform for nude-sharing. My daughter is underaged and I think she's learned a little about the danger of sharing nudes when you're under 18 at school, but I've never had a conversation with her about it. I'd love some advice for how to start a conversation around this uncomfortable topic.