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A guide has been published for parents/carers to help them to help their children become safer online. Please download for useful information regarding social media, the website and online gaming.
An internet safety group is warning parents to be on the lookout for harmful online challenges their children may feel pressured to take part in. For more information click here.
1 in every 5 parents think that there are no age requirements for joining a social media site and most parents in the UK have no idea whether their children are old enough to have a social media account. For more information click here.
Snapchat have updated their software such that now, users can show exactly where they are, even within buildings, using their new ‘Snap Map’ feature. It was intended that close friends would be able to track one another. Whilst locations are only shared with known contacts, some of those contacts may not be in the same face-to-face friendship group. To ensure security, we advise that parents set all snap chat profiles to ‘Ghost’ mode within settings which ensures that a child’s location cannot be easily discovered.
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Parents worried their children are swapping inappropriate pictures and selfies with friends, or even strangers, online are being offered a smartphone app to automatically spot suspect images. To read the full story and for more information please click here.
Police have issued a warning to parents after an eight-year-old girl was sent “explicit messages” via an app’s private messaging service. For the full story please click here.
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Many of you will have seen press coverage reporting the upload of a large number of stolen Snapchat photos to the internet.
These images have apparently been taken from a third party site ‘SnapSaved.com’ which appears to have been hacked. ‘SnapSaved.com’ enables users to save Snapchat pictures rather than see them disappear but in doing so saves the images on its own servers. Press reports state that it is images from this database which have been uploaded and made available via the 4Chan discussion boards. This story from The Independent provides background.
From the press reports it would appear that:
Despite this, young people may be concerned that images of them have been uploaded. Support is available and know what to do if they lose control of a sexual image. It’s never too late to get help.
Young people can:
Young people must understand that the age of criminal responsibility can be applied from the age of ten and Facebook accounts should not be held until the age of 13.