Last week Snap chat updated with new features which allow people nearby to see things you post using Snap Map. This is being advised as “a new way to explore the world.” The BBC news have reported the following:
An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside.
It also lets people locate their "friends" on a map that is accurate enough to determine where people live.
Snap, the company behind Snapchat, stressed to the BBC that location sharing was an opt-in feature.
Video clips and photos that members have posted publicly can be discovered on the map, while members who have chosen to share their location can also be seen on the map by those they have added as "friends". However, members can add people they have never met to their friends list too.
A message to parents posted by St Peter's Academy in Staffordshire warned that the location-sharing feature lets people "locate exactly where you are, which building you are in and exact whereabouts within the building".
One parent described the update as "dangerous" while another said she could not find the setting to disable it.
Snap told the BBC that accurate location information was necessary to allow friends to use the service to meet, for example at a restaurant or crowded festival, and said points of interest on the map, such as schools, were provided by third-party mapping service Mapbox.
Concerned parents could find out more information on its Privacy Center website, a spokesman told the BBC.
With this in mind it is advised that you check the settings on yours and your child’s device in which they use Snap chat on and turn on a feature known as “ghost mode.” This masks your location but please be aware you still have access to see what others are up to around you and choose to post on Snap Map.
How to switch off Snap Map location sharing
If you are unsure how to do this, please don’t hesitate to visit me for help.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2017 the Anti- Bully Ambassadors have put together a short film to help you remember a few important tips when using the internet to share images or videos.
The most important things you can do in order to help your child have fun and stay safe are the following;
Some new resources to help promote e-safety at home have recently been shared with us or updated, follow the links below to access some very useful websites to encourage children to use the Internet with care and safely.
Click to view and download our information regarding Pokemon Go.
The NSPCC have re-launched the excellent Net Aware guide. Net Aware is a simple guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use, based on parents’ experiences and the views of young people. The NSPCC hope that in providing parents with up-to-date information about the sites most commonly used by young people, parents and carers will be able talk to their children about staying safe on those platforms, as well as encouraging providers to take action to make their sites as safe as possible for children.
The NSPCC will also be launching a Net Aware app, which will be available to download from iTunes and Google play stores within the coming weeks.
Young people and social networking sites (Leaflet) - A guide for parents, carers and teachers about the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.
Keeping Young Children Safe Online – 8 frequently asked questions to provide you with useful information and tips to keep children safe online.
Parents and Carers resource sheet - This A4 factsheet for parents and cares provides a list of useful websites and online resources where you can find out more about social networking, smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, downloading, parental controls and where to get help or report concerns.
Snapchat - How to change the privacy on who can see your Snaps on Snapchat. This short video looks and how to update and change privacy on Snapchat
YouTube Restricted Mode – How to set up restricted access on YouTube
eSafety with Smartphone Apps - The Digital Dilemma Episode 1
Snapchat, Tinder & OoVoo eSafety - The Digital Dilemma Episode 2
eSafery Tips for Parents & Messaging Apps - The Digital Dilemma Episode 3
How to protect & manage your Online Reputation - The Digital Dilemma Episode 4
Internetmatters.com have produced an extensive guide that covers nearly all devices in the home. It explains the features and benefits of the device and what specific content can be restricted.
You can get information about each device individually online:
or the free resource which contains 94 pages of up to date guides on parental controls can be downloaded here:
We have been promoting internet safety across school this half term and would like to share the good work we have done from Reception to Year 6. Thank you to all the parents who came in to look at the displays produced the children worked very hard on these. Also a big well done to our Anti-bullying ambassadors who led the Safer Internet Day assembly.
This is the work produced by our Y5 and Y6 and is on display in the HUB.
This work was produced by 4P and is on display in their classroom. They even made some games to go with it.
This display was created by the 'SMART crew' of class 3/4E and is on display just outside their classroom.
Class 2/3W worked hard to produce this display which is on display in their classroom.
These displays are on display in the foyer outside 2G and 1W and show how the children of these classes know how to make the internet a safer place to be.
Even the very youngest members of our school looked at staying safe. This display was produced by RVG and is on display in their classroom.
Parents’ concerns about social networking sites popular with children are revealed, as the NSPCC launches its Share Aware campaign to get families talking about socialising safely online.
An NSPCC panel of more than 500 parents from Mumsnet reviewed 48 of these sites and said all those aimed at adults and teenagers were too easy for children under 13 to sign-up to. On more than 40 per cent of the sites, the panel struggled to locate privacy, reporting and safety information. At least three quarters of parents surveyed by the NSPCC found sexual, violent, or other inappropriate content on Sickipedia, Omegle, Deviant Art, and F my Life within half an hour of logging into the sites. Those aimed at younger children, like Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters, Popjam and Bearville, fared better and parents did not find any unsuitable content on them. The NSPCC also asked just under 2,000 children and young people which social networking sites they used. Talking to strangers or sexual content were the main concerns mentioned by children. But they also thought the minimum age limit for signing up to many sites should be higher, despite saying they’d used the sites when they were underage.
The NSPCC has used the reviews to create a new online guide to help inform parents about the risks of different social networking sites used by children.
Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said: “Children are taught from an early age that it is good to share but doing so online can be very dangerous. We must all be Share Aware. This Christmas many children will have been given a smart phone, a tablet computer, or a games console. So it’s the perfect opportunity for parents to have that important conversation with their children about who they are talking to and what they share when they socialise online. We know that children do take risks online, sometimes without realising it. And we know some parents feel confused by the internet – out of their depth, and out of control. Our Share Aware campaign gives parents straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will help them to untangle the web and feel confident talking to their children about online safety. Keeping children safe online is the biggest child protection challenge of this generation. Parents have a vital role to play but we want social networking sites to respond to parental concerns about their children’s safety and privacy. The NSPCC will continue to challenge and work with internet companies and the Government to make the internet a safer place for children.”
The NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign is aimed at parents of 8 to 12-year-old children. Parents are encouraged to visit the Net Aware website, find out more about the NSPCC campaign at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware and join the debate on social media by following #ShareAware.
Anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child, can contact the NSPCC’s 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com Children worried about online safety or any other problems can call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111 or get help online at www.childline.org.uk