SNAPCHAT UPDATE- SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS JUNE 2017
As part of our ongoing esafety programme we would like to inform you that Snapchat has recently made updates to their app which are causing privacy concerns. Their new location sharing feature is called Snap Map and young people can share their whereabouts with all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’ where they can see where others are without sharing their own location. This can be unsettling as you’re not always aware of who is tracking your whereabouts and is obviously a safeguarding concern.
If your child has access to Snapchat we advise you to discuss the implications of this new feature with them. At the moment Snap Map is switched off by default but there are various settings that may be used.
There has been an assembly for pupils in key stage 2 to make them aware of the privacy concerns of this new feature and advise them how to keep safe online. Further information can be found via the Snapchat Safety Centre or by clicking on the document below.
Please note that Snapchat is not intended for children under the age of 13
SAFER INTERNET WEEK - FEBRUARY 2017
Once again the whole school had the opportunity to find out more about keeping safe online during our Safer Internet Week. Each class took part in special activities, including Year 4 who had their photos taken in their photo booth. Using props they have created they took some funny photos which are safe to share online. Looks like great fun!
FREE E-SAFETY COURSE FOR PARENTS - FEBRUARY 2017
We are pleased to let you know that we have arranged for a FREE course for parents/carers via the website, ParentZone.org which you can take online. Details of how to register for the course have been sent home with your child. If you did not receive a copy, please contact the school office.
'WHAT IS ...?' - THE LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS - JANUARY 2017
As a parent or carer, you might find your children are onto the next new social media site every week. New trends and sites are emerging all the time - most recently the Music.ly and Live.ly sites. The UK Safer Internet Centre has pulled together some of the most popular, newer networks that young people are using, and given you a breakdown of what they do and why young people like them. You can find details below.
Please be aware that primary school children are under the age limit for all of these sites.
Children may be exposed to inappropriate comments/images/videos on social networking sites that are aimed at teenagers and adults. They may be at risk if privacy settings are not set correctly - especially if personal information and location are disclosed - and photos that are shared online should be chosen carefully. Meeting and chatting with strangers online poses risks to young people who might be vulnerable to grooming and online (and offline) forms of sexual abuse. It is vital therefore that your child knows how to keep themselves safe online.
Further guidance on all the sites mentioned below can be accessed by clicking here.
||What is it?
||Why do young people like it?
Musical.ly is a social networking site that lets you share your own versions of music videos, by filming yourself and/or your friends miming along to the lyrics of a song. You can view other people’s videos, and remix them. You can opt to make your videos public, or available to selected users only. Live.ly, made by the same developer as Musical.ly, is live video-streaming that allows users to broadcast live video to online friends.
It’s a more interactive version of karaoke, and some users put a lot of effort into making their videos look professional or funny. It’s a fun thing to share with friends, and is particularly funny if the song you are miming along to is completely different to the music you normally like.
Snapchat is an app that let’s you share photos and videos with friends. The images only last for a few seconds, then they automatically delete. You can also create a Snapchat Story that is a collection of several photos and videos shown together, that will stay ‘live’ for 24 hours, and then delete. You can share your Story with friends, or make it public.
UPDATE JUNE 2017: There is a new location sharing feature called Snap Map. Young people can share their whereabouts with all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’ where they can see where others are without sharing their own location. This can be unsettling as you’re not always aware of who is tracking your whereabouts.
You can add text, drawings, and emojis to the images you share. You can also use funny filters that can make you look like a cat, a cartoon, a policeman etc. You can also use the ‘Face Swap’ feature to swap features with another person in the photo. This has been extremely popular recently, with lots of these images being shared across other social networking sites.
Instagram is a photo and video sharing network. Instead of ‘friends’, you have ‘followers’. Your Instagram feed is made up of the photos and videos posted by the people you follow. You can also tag people in photos, and mention people in comments using the @ symbol and their username. You can also ‘check’in’ and share the location of where your photo/video was taken.
|You can add different filters, and make your photos look very cool and professional. There are certain trends on Instagram, such as #tbt (Throwback Thursday – post on older photo) and #wcw (Woman Crush Wednesday – girls/women post a photo of a woman they admire). You can link your Instagram to other networks, such as Facebook, so your posts appear on both accounts.
Periscope is Twitter’s new, live streaming app that allows users to live-broadcast from anywhere in the world. Users can also watch other people’s live stream if their feed is public. You can also choose to make the video available to certain users only.
|You can see on a world map where people are live streaming from - this might be from somewhere exotic and exciting, like South America, or down the road in the same town as you. Viewers can also send ‘hearts’ by tapping the screen as a way to show you like the video. You can also send messages using the chat feature too.
For more app reviews from both parents and children, visit commonsensemedia.org for a balanced view.
(UK Safer Internet Centre, 2016)
Always remember: respect others online, think before you post, and only accept friends and followers from people you know and trust.
DIGIDOG AND DIGIPUP - SEPTEMBER 2016
DigiDog and DigiPup have joined Year 2 to help them with their e-safety learning! In class they will talking about the things we should teach DigiPup before we let him go online, and every weekend one of the children from the class will be able to take DigiPup home. We would like the children to talk with their family about how they can have fun online and what's okay and what's not okay to do on the internet. They can also write a DigiPup diary or story to tell us what happened when they took him home and how they made sure he stayed happy and safe.
NEW PUPIL E-SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE ANNOUNCED - SEPTEMBER 2016
Sajeel in Y6 did a super job last year as Pupil Representative for E-Safety. Pupils were able to ask for his support if they were worried about something online and he encouraged them to come and talk to an adult. We are pleased to say that Henley in Y6 is the new representative for this year. The Pupil Representative does not offer e-safety advice to the children but gives support and encouragement to report concerns to a trusted adult. We would like to thank Sajeel for all his work last year.