There has recently been a lot of information in the media and on social media about ‘MOMO’. Please click on the link below or from the side bar on the right for parental information on a range of online and app safety including MOMO, Fortnite and Snapchat
We have been informed by our campus cop that there have been a number of incidents recently at schools in the local area whereby pupils have been using the internet/social media to communicate indecently with other pupils, and even adults unknown to them. Pupils, some of whom are of mid Primary School age, are downloading various apps such as Snaphat, Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp, Kik and Holla to name a few. Some of the content is sexualised in nature, which is gravely concerning and places the pupils at risk of real harm. Our Campus Officer, PC Blackmore, has already been in schools to talk to classes about keeping themselves safe online. He will be continuing with this in the coming weeks. It is imperative however, that parents are aware of these issues and keep a close eye on their child’s use of devices capable of accessing the internet and limit/remove their use of such apps. We would ask that parents also speak with their child about online safety and the dangers of communicating with strangers online. PC Blackmore is happy to help with any advice should you require any.
Santa may well be bringing laptops or mobile devices to well-behaved boys and girls this Christmas. We would just like to make parents aware that Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free for all students through their GLOW log in.
Pupils in South Ayrshire are eligible to be part of the Microsoft ‘Student Advantage’ initiative. This initiative gives all pupils access to Office 365 ProPlus (a full version of the Microsoft Office suite) for free to use on up to five of their own machines being Mac or PC and they can also run Office Mobile for Android or Office Mobile for iPhone on up to 5 mobile devices.
To install Office 365 ProPlus on a personal PC or laptop pupils should login to Glow and click on the Download Office Now tile on their school launch pad.
To install Office 365 ProPlus on a phone or tablet device pupils and staff need to download the Office apps individually from the app store and then they will be asked to enter their Glow email address.
If your child is unsure of their GLOW username please contact the class teacher.
Further information can be found at http://products.office.com/en-GB/student/office-in-education?tab=schools
Please note that South Ayrshire Council is not responsible for this initiative. Once Office 365 ProPlus is installed any technical issues or questions should be directed straight to Microsoft.
Well done to the girls making it through to the final of the South Ayrshire Safer Internet Day 2018 competition. The presentation event was a great experience and we got to see the work by the other schools and the students at UWS. As well as a certificate, the girls won £20 worth of Apple vouchers for the school. Their entry was a fabulous clay model and poem.
You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
As you know Snapchat is an extremely popular app with young people and they have recently launched a new, optional feature called Snap Maps. This feature allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends.
When first using the Snap Map feature, users need to choose who can see their location on the map. They can choose from: My friends, Only me (‘Ghost Mode’), or Selected friends. A user’s precise location will only be visible to their selected audience. Many young people will have ‘friends’ on Snapchat that they have never met in person, consequently, this could mean that those people are able to see the young person’s location on Snap Map.
Privacy settings for Snap Maps can be changed at any time within the Snapchat Settings screen. Users should regularly review their privacy settings.
Sharing location on any social media app can be a risky thing to do. All users should consider the following:
- 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 privacy settings. Remember these can be changed at any time. Think about where you’re sharing your location and what times you’re on the app – do you want to share these locations?
The following websites provide useful information on Snap Maps for teachers, parents, carers and young people:
Our ‘GIRFEC’ focus for February is SAFE. As part of our work towards this, we have used the Safer Internet Day 2017 (07.02.17) to remind pupils about safe and positive behaviour on-line. The focus this year is on images and videos. During our assemblies we have thought about how images can be manipulated, the personal information a photo can give away and who can see the photo/video after it has been posted. Further information for parents can be found on the right hand side menu and we are also hoping to have a workshop for parents during March – further details to follow.