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Snapchat Snap Maps

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:


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

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

JRSO Safe Parking Campaign

During February, our ‘Getting It Right For Every Child‘ (GIRFEC) focus is SAFE. Our JRSOs have been very busy in the mornings and at the end of the school day taking photos of the drivers that have not followed our repeated requests to park safely and choose to ignore the very large yellow banner attached to the school railings.  If you are driving your child to school, please DO NOT park like the cars in the photo gallery for the safety of all the children. We have informed our campus cop of the campaign and he is also spot-checking the area for us.

Parking will be even more difficult over the coming weeks due to the Virgin Media cable laying, so we recommend leaving five minutes earlier to find a suitable parking space.

Examples of how you should not park:

Safer Internet Day

internetOur ‘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.