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More teens using fast-growing photo sharing app

By Stephanie Hale-Lopez
Published On: Jul 13 2013 10:02:08 PM CDT

Just snap a picture, set up a time limit for how long the recipient can view your message before it gets wiped from the app, and send.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

Tech teens are loving a new app available on mobile devices called Snapchat. 

In a world of thousands of apps for just about everything, Snapchat stands out for its self-destructing photos, texts and videos. 

"I get lots of funny pictures from all of my friends, but it's nothing too embarrassing or nothing that I wouldn't want to get out," said Kaci Stewart. 

High school students Kaci Stewart and Krystal Mullins said the app is wildly popular among their classmates. 

Just snap a picture, set up a time limit for how long the recipient can view your message before it gets wiped from the app, and send. 

But the messages don't always disappear. 

Taking a screenshot of your phone before the timer runs out will put the message directly into your photo album.

From there, you don't know where the photos or videos will go. They could end up on websites, where so-called "leaked" photos from the app are posted online. 

"Even if they're not planning on using it in a bad way, there might be other people that decide to do that," said Krystal. "It only takes one message to expose a child like that." 

These websites have a huge following, too. Millions of hits and more than 400,000 likes on Facebook. 

But Kaci and Krystal say that doesn't make the app a bad one. 

"It's really just the way you use it, because if you're just going to use it for entertainment then it's okay," said Kaci. "No app is a bad app, but the way you use it could make it a bad app." 

The girls say Snapchat's self-destructing messages are more about silliness than anything else, but encourage others to use common sense when using the app. 

Snapchat recently unveiled a new update targeted for kids 13 and younger called "SnapKidz."

Creators say the new update aims to keep inappropriate content out of the hands of kids.

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