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)
(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.