E-Safety

On-Line Safety Message

Cheshire police are investigating an INSTAGRAM account named ‘funonly94’ following multiple reports in the past 2 weeks from concerned parents of year 7 pupils at a local high School,  Northwich   The images that this account is sending and the content being discussed is highly inappropriate.   At this time it is not believed that the holder of the  Account is local to Northwich and the concern is raised due to the ‘Suggestions’ being made by this male.

Parents are asked to speak to Children about their Instagram Usage and remind them of principles of staying safe online.  If the account is found on their child’s Instagram Account, it is suggested that it is Blocked and Reported to Instagram.   Parents of Year 7 Students are reminded that the ‘Age restriction’ for an Instagram account is 13 Years.   If any further concerns are raised then please contact DC 4107 Walton @ Northwich CID on 101

Last week Snapchat introduced a new feature, the ‘Snap Map’

This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. The Snap Map shows a user’s Bitmoji, their cartoon avatar within Snapchat, pinpointed on a world map. Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends.

How to access Snap Maps

To access the Snap Map in the latest update of the Snapchat app, users need to go to their camera screen within Snapchat and zoom out using two fingers. This will then launch the Snap Maps screen and will allow a user to see their friend’s locations.

Choose who can see your location

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.

There are three settings for sharing your location on the map, these are; Ghost mode, My Friends, and Select Friends. But what do these settings mean?

Ghost Mode

Ghost Mode means that you are the only person who can see your location on the map.
Within Ghost Mode you can still see the locations of your friends but they will be unable to see you. This setting will ensure that you have complete control over who knows your location.

My Friends

My Friends means that all of your contacts on Snapchat can see your location. If turning on this setting then it would be important for users to review their Snapchat contacts and also make sure that they never add someone they don’t know in person onto Snapchat.

Select Friends

This setting allows users to look through their friend list and then decide which of their friends they want to be able to view their location. This setting gives users the opportunity to control who can view their location.

Changing settings

When first opening the Snap Map users get to make a decision of who they want to be able to view their location. Once these settings are in place they can always be changed in Snapchat’s settings. This can be done in two ways:

In the Snapchat settings

In the Snapchat screen click on the Settings (cog) icon> click on ‘see my location’ > Choose the setting which suits you

On the Snap Map

Top tips

Sharing location can be a risky thing to do. Our tips for location sharing are:

  • Only share your location with people you know in person. Never share your location with strangers.
  • Don’t add contacts to Snapchat if you don’t know them in person.
  • Regularly review your settings and take an active decision about whether you want people to know your location. Remember you can switch this off at any time. Think about where you’re sharing your location. Location services such as Snap Maps can lead people to your house. Think about what times you’re on the app and whether these are locations you want to share – if not, then turn this off within your settings.

 

Please visit the below for further advice and guidance:

UK Safer Internet Centre :   https://saferinternet.org.uk/blog/introducing-%E2%80%98snap-maps%E2%80%99-new-location-sharing-feature-snapchat

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/21/snap-map/

http://www.childnet.com/blog/introducing-snap-maps-the-new-location-sharing-feature-in-snapchat

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/40415706

Video guide to Musical.ly 

Last week Channel 4 News reported on children as young as nine being groomed and bombarded with sexually explicated messages on the popular social media app Musical.ly.
But what exactly is the app and what risks does it pose to young people who use it? In this Video Guide to Musical.ly you will learn about what the app does, how it leaves young people vulnerable to being groomed and how you can better protect children who use this app.   Watch Now!

Protecting children on social media

The NSPCC is calling for new laws to force social media sites to keep children safe. We are calling for a rule book that would be enforced by an independent regulator. The rules would ensure that social media companies do three things: provide safe accounts for under-18s with extra protections built in; create grooming and bully alerts to flag up sinister behaviour; and hire an army of dedicated online child safety guardians.

Source: NSPCC news story  Date: 18 June 2017

Online etiquette or ‘netiquette’ – The dos and don’ts of online communication

The internet often plays a huge part in many young people’s daily activities; allowing them to communicate freely with others and share information with ease via messaging apps, social media and gaming networks. Posted on the Childnet blog 9th June 2017.

Roblox – a guide for parents

Our Education Officer Tom looks at the popular gaming site Roblox and gives top tips for parents wanting to help young people stay safe whilst gaming on Roblox. Posted on the Childnet blog 8th June 2017.

O2 NSPCC Community Events

If you would like to register your interest for the O2 NSPCC team to attend a community event in your area, please e-mail O2NSPCCevents@o2.com

The team can deliver online safety workshops to parents at non school community groups / clubs (approx.1hr) or attend both schools & non school community groups in a different capacity, such as be on hand to show parents how to apply parental controls to their devices.

Please note: registering your interest does not guarantee they will be able to attend – the team will respond within 5 working days to confirm the next steps.

If you require a parent workshop to be delivered for a school then NSPCC can deliver these. If any school wishes to register their interest they must email schools@nspcc.org.uk  with their Name, Contact number, Email address & Name of the school and NSPCC will reply to them directly.   For more information about the O2 NSPCC partnership, you can visit the O2 website here or NSPCC website here.