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Many young people communicate using the Snapchat app. You may use it yourself. There has been a recent development to this app called Snap Map and it will automatically download if you update the Snapchat app.
Snap Map tracks your current location and places your avatar on a map, like a pin. Others can zoom in and find exactly where you are, down to the street address.
Obviously, Snapchat sees Snap Map as a fun and convenient way to connect with friends, however, all users should consider that there are many implications of a technology that constantly broadcasts your location. We advise all Snapchat users to carefully consider their use of Snap Map.
It is possible to turn the location feature off in the app settings.
(Acknowledgements: Assistant Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead, North School)
The Yellow App
Thinkuknow - the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP - has created a guide for parents on how the app works and what your child needs to know about how to use it safely:
Information on Social Media and Apps from:
Click on the web link below:
Play your part for a better internet!
UK Safer Internet Centre
In addition to coordinating Safer Internet Day every year, the UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology:
Guide to Social Networks and Online Safety
The Net Aware website features over 60 social networking sites, apps and games popular with children. It features websites, apps and games which have been reviewed by a panel of parents and children and have all been rated in terms of how easy it is to change privacy settings and find any safety advice. The Net Aware site also highlights the types of inappropriate content that can be found on the sites as well as how easy it is to report concerns about abuse or bullying.
We should however:
.... remember that the internet is an essential part of young people's lives and it provides them with great opportunities. Most people use it without coming to any harm so we must be realistic; banning the internet or web sites often will not work and it can make a child feel less able to report problems or concerns, so education around safe use is essential.
Other useful links:
More information ...........
Parents - click on the link below to find lots more useful advice and ideas for helping your children stay safe including
guidance on using Xbox, Nintendo and mobile phones.
Copies of Digital Parenting Magazine available from the school.