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but the school I work in doesn't seem concerned enough about Snapchat

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KatieM8585 · 28/06/2017 13:28

Hi,
So I'm not sure if any of you have seen this in the news but Snapchat has released a feature which allows you to share the location of your snaps publicly.
www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/23/snapchat-maps-privacy-safety-concerns

I'm a teacher and I brought this up at a staff meeting. The deputy said that it could maybe be mentioned in computing lessons or in PSHE but I really felt that not enough focus was being out on it school wide. People just didn't seem that concerned.

Has your child's school mentioned anything about this?
Maybe I'm being over concerned?

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forceslover · 28/06/2017 16:46

I would have thought parents would need to be doing the reinforcing of such social media in the first instance. Schools can also mention it but home is where they are mostly using it so the onus should be on the parents. Parents need to educate themselves on the sort of social media their children are on, especially as they have probably given the children the devices used.

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Atenco · 28/06/2017 16:49

I live in Mexico where the kidnapping of young girls is such a daily issue that it is only reported in the form of statistics. I find the whole of idea of facebook and other social media having a location function terrifyingly irresponsible.

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Pinkiepromisex · 28/06/2017 16:58

We've had a letter sent home with dd today.
She is at secondary school and does use snapchat so I'm concerned. Regarding if we had been using it properly in the first place I'm a bit of a technophobe so my children would probably have not progressed from an abacus if they only had what I fully understand!! I do try and must get better Blush

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LunarGirl · 28/06/2017 17:09

I'm genuinely shocked that this is an issue for a primary school teacher. Do children as young as 7/8 really have mobiles and social media accounts? DS is in Y4 and none of his friends, that I know of, have a phone let alone snapchat!

I didn't like the new maps thing but once I'd updated I saw how easy it was to turn on ghost mode so it's not really an issue. I don't see why it would be difficult for the HT to maybe send out a note to parents to make them aware but quite frankly, if a parent allows their primary aged child to have social media then it's their responsibility to be aware of any changes to it and make sure their DC is safe online.

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KatieM8585 · 28/06/2017 17:15

@LunarGIrl yes unfortunately most of the year 5s and 6s have their own phones and even some year 3s!

Some year 6 kids were sharing inappropriate images to each other. So not just strangers being the issue but the social pressures these kids are having to share images like this amongst themselves. Screenshots got taken it became a whole child protection issue. It's sad to see 8,9,10 year olds getting so stressed about conforming to share things that make them uncomfortable or to always be available to respond at all times online... it all sounds exhausting

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Lasagna · 28/06/2017 21:14

I am going to be really honest now, I hope I don't offend you, but I think you are lying about what you can actually see. As said earlier you can only see people you've added, so if you haven't added anyone you aren't seeing accounts, you are seeing public stories which are usually for specific events. You certainly won't be able to see a dick pic unless you've added someone as snapchat are really strict on nudity added to stories.

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KatieM8585 · 29/06/2017 09:08

@lasagna No not offended but not lying either. I don't know why I would? Or what I would get out of that? I can see the snaps of people who have publicly added particular videos to the snap map. From that I can see usernames but only the snap they have decided to make public. So I'm sure they have snaps they are sending privately to friends but they are also deciding to send snaps publicly.

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AChickenCalledKorma · 29/06/2017 09:18

KatieM - maybe you already know about these resources,
but even if you do, others may find them useful:

Childnet specialise in advising schools and parents about e-safety. I went to a presentation by them last night and they seemed very up to date.

This site is a good source of information about apps - what they do, age appropriateness and pitfalls. And also gives a useful insight into what young people think, because there are reviews from people of all ages.

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KatieM8585 · 29/06/2017 09:36

@achickencalledKorma Thank you so much these will be so useful for building the lessons for PSHE. Smile

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notanevilstepmother · 29/06/2017 09:44

CEOP is good.

The best thing is as above, ask the kids.

Set year 6 a task as homework to screenshot their settings and in class have them make a PowerPoint to show the younger ones how to manage their privacy settings. Ask the IT teacher at the school you feed into if you can as well.

The basics of e safety

Privacy settings

Speak to a trusted adult

If something bad happens screenshot for evidence, block, report online, report in real life.

Cyber bullying is another topic.

I will post some links but much of what I have taught is for older children.

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notanevilstepmother · 29/06/2017 09:48
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notanevilstepmother · 29/06/2017 09:52
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notanevilstepmother · 29/06/2017 09:56

Snapchat here

www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/40415706

As already said, the most important thing to teach children is not to add anyone you don't know in real life.

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Floofborksnootandboop · 29/06/2017 09:56

I don't think you're lying, I think you're confused about what you are seeing. As PP have said they're public stories for an event, town or something along those lines. You can't see anyone's usernames though, I've just checked, where the username would have been it's he event name so maybe you're just confused. You certainly will not have seen a dick picture in a public story though as not even every snap relevant to that event gets added, so they certainly wouldn't have allowed a dick pic to get through. Grin

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Elizawh · 29/06/2017 10:11

Someone who seems to actually know about snapchat saying You can't see anyone's usernames though, I've just checked, where the username would have been it's he event name and You certainly will not have seen a dick picture in a public story though as not even every snap relevant to that event gets added, so they certainly wouldn't have allowed a dick pic to get through. is probably why lasagna thinks you're lying OP.

Why would you lie/what would you get out of it? Maybe to get other, clueless about this stuff, parents onto your side. Perhaps lying isn't the word, but clearly is relating to the imaginary dick pic you've seen, but you're definitely fabricating and exaggerating what you're seeing.

If you want people to get on your side then start getting facts instead of making something up that you think will scare people into getting on your side. I do think you will have a hard time getting people to agree to let you talk about this non-problem SC update in schools when your are pretty clueless yourself and not listening to facts that PP have given you.

I'm another person who's going to add that my children who use Snapchat say everyone has ghost mode on because it's just not cool having loads of people knowing you're location.

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Floofborksnootandboop · 29/06/2017 10:33

I've took some screenshots so I can show you what I mean.

The hollyoaks one is an account I have added so I am able to see their username, a lot of the time though people add a name onto there so you would see something like Joe Bloggs and have to go into your friend list and find them to actually find the username. The elephant something or other is a public story for an event, I can't see the username of who posted the snap but what I do see if the event name that the snap was posted in.

but the school I work in doesn't seem concerned enough about Snapchat
but the school I work in doesn't seem concerned enough about Snapchat
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Gini99 · 29/06/2017 10:33

notanevilstepmother just on this suggestion Set year 6 a task as homework to screenshot their settings and in class have them make a PowerPoint to show the younger ones how to manage their privacy settings. Do you mean their snapchat settings? Doesn't this just normalise and condone the underage use of these apps (snapchat is 13+). Sure the school should teach kids to be safe but to set homework that assumes that they are all on it and that younger kids are too is really a problem. Kids not on it would have to lie and sign up to the app just to do homework set by the school! Certainly it's not a universal thing for yr 5&6 children to be on it, let alone younger children. My DC in this age group isn't on it and nor are any of their friends. In their internet safety talk only 4 out of c60 apparently owned up to being on any of snapchat, Facebook, instagram.

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AndTakeYourHorseWithYou · 29/06/2017 10:34

Why this is an issue for schools and not for parents? Why do schools think that everything is their business?

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Mrswinkler · 30/06/2017 07:13

We had a letter send out about this.

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pieceofpurplesky · 30/06/2017 07:37

Surely it is the parents that should be dealing with it? And children at primary especially - i checked my DSs and changed the setting.
I did mention it to my tutor group but still feel parents should be having these discussions

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JustDanceAddict · 30/06/2017 07:40

The school
I work in has and my DD knew about it and had made herself a 'ghost'. Not sure if she found out throughschool or just saw it. She showed me and you can see where her friends are! I could see one was at home, etc.

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