Snapchat is a mobile application that allows users to create, edit and share pictures and videos . Images sent on Snapchat are often referred to as ‘snaps’. Snapchat focuses on capturing ‘moments’ quickly; users take images and videos and send them instantly. The unique feature of Snapchat is that images disappear with seconds. However these can be screenshot and shared.
Snapchat’s Terms of Service state that young people under 13 years old are not able to create an account. However there are no checks and many of our pupils use Snapchat.
Should I be concerned about Snapchat?
The features of Snapchat can present potential risks to young people online. These features include:
· Connecting to other users they do not know
· Linking to other platforms
· Sharing of information and images
· Limited internal moderation
· Snapchat now shows your location on a map unless you put yourself into ghost mode
Do you know what the games your child is playing are all about?
Have a look here and find out more.
Staying safe online is very important. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps. Four steps:
1)Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2)Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3)Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4)Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers
What are the key online risks?
Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them
Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children
Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information
Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites
Where can I find out more?
When you need to report something from the internet look out for this CEOP symbol. More information about CEOP can be found below.