I would like to draw your attention to a recent article from The Daily Telegraph about ‘Snapchat’.
The School would particularly direct this warning to the children in Year 5 & 6 who may already be, or may soon be using mobile phone applications to access ‘Social Media’, ‘Chat’, ‘Instant Communication’ and ‘Messaging’ services on the Internet.
All such applications and services have the inherent risk of allowing personal information to be accessed by other (potentially undesirable) people.
Police issue child safety warning over Snapchat maps update that reveals users’ locations
Police forces have raised child safety concerns about a new Snapchat feature that reveals users’ locations amid fears it could be used for stalking.
Parents have been warned to turn off “Snap Maps” on their children’s phones after Snapchat, which is wildly popular among teenagers, introduced the location-sharing mode this week.
The feature displays a map of nearby friends, showing their latest location gathered using a smartphone’s GPS sensor. Users of the app can also search for locations such as individual schools, with the app displaying public photos and videos sent by students.
While the feature is designed to help friends meet up or attend events together it has raised fears that it could be abused. Preston Police said on its Facebook page: “Obviously this may cause concern for certain users, particularly those who have young children who use the app.”
It said users could change the settings to a private mode that does not share their location with anyone.
A spokesperson for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said: “It’s worrying that Snapchat is allowing under 18s to broadcast their location on the app where it can potentially be accessed by everyone in their contact lists.
“With public accounts, this will include those who are not known to the user. This highlights why it’s vital children are automatically offered safer accounts on social media to ensure they are protected from unnecessary risks.”
The UK Safer Internet Centre said: “It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time.
“Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person.”
Parents can turn the feature off on children’s phones by setting the app to “ghost mode”.
“The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works,” said a spokesperson from the company.
“With Snap Map, location-sharing is off by default for all users and is completely optional. Snapchatters can choose exactly who they want to share their location with, if at all, and can change that setting at any time. It’s also not possible to share your location with someone who isn’t already your friend on Snapchat, and the majority of interactions on Snapchat take place between close friends
Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 7th February 2017
‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
February 7th 2017 is Safer Internet Day, a day that is very important to our school and pupils. Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the Insafe network and is celebrated every year across Europe and in other countries worldwide.
In the UK, Safer Internet Day is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre (www.saferinternetday.org.uk ) and this year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet.’
To celebrate the many positives of the internet, and to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, our school is participating alongside hundreds of other schools across the UK and children will be learning about how to use the internet safely and positively.
We believe that online safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. This is especially important this year as we improve our computing resources in school where children will have more access to the internet.
During Tuesday’s class assemblies, the children will be shown an approved video from the UK Safer Internet website. Class 1 and 2 will be shown ‘Ask before you watch’ (focuses on watching videos on line) and class 3 will be shown ‘The Bigger Picture’ (focuses on the power of images) which is designed to teach children how to stay safe online. These videos are available to watch on https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/sid-tv
Throughout the week, each class will be completing activities around this year’s theme and discussing and creating acceptable use rules that we should follow in order to stay safe online in school. These rules will be incorporated into the school’s updated ‘Online Safety’ policy.
We also invite you to complete the attached online safety audit. Children in KS2 will also be taking a survey in school. We can use this information to inform the way we teach online safety in the future.
The UK Safer Internet Centre who developed this presentation are experts in the field of online safety education and we highly recommend that you view this which provides practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues, and discussions surrounding suitable behaviour online.
Please click on the Link below to wacth the SiD 2017 Parents and Carer film:
Please click on the link below to see the SiD Power Point Presentation:
Please click on the link below to access the SiD 2017 Factsheet:
Please click on the link belwo to access the SiD 2017 Conversation Starters:
Please find a link to the Internet Matters website and information about cyber bullying as part of Anti-Bullying Week 2016 (Power for Good) https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/cyberbullying/protect-your-child/
Hand outs from the presentation:
CEOP video link below:
The PARENTINFO website at www.parentinfo.org is a useful resource for many topical and relevant issues that affect young children as well as internet safety advice. These links will be put on the school website.
Internetmatters.com have produced an extensive guide that covers nearly all the 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 at: http://www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide/ There is also a free resource which contains 94 pages of up to date guides on parental controls which can be found here: http://cdn.internetmatters.org/downloads/99a8efe18e30cf24ffee3dfd60e8ca8b.pdf
To view our Internet Safety Policy click on this link. Internet-Safety-policy-February 2016