Recently SnapChat, which is used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature: SnapMaps. This allows users to see the location of their contacts, meaning that others can accurately pinpoint where you are.
Fortunately, there are three possible privacy settings:
- Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
- My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
- Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you
ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. As a school we urge you to read this and to share their guidance with your son/daughter. If he/she are using the app, he/she should activate the relevant privacy settings immediately.
Websites recommended for children to stay safe online:
Websites recommended for adults supporting children to stay safe online:
(O2 in partnership with NSPCC offer free online safety workshops where you’ll learn how to have conversations with your children about staying safe online)www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule
(Understanding text language)
(Previous Digital Parenting Magazines that can be downloaded.)
Supporting Young People Online
We recommend a free App called CyberSense which is designed to help parents talk about e safety issues with their children to ensure that they smart choices to stay safe online.